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Medical & Player Welfare

Welcome to the Medical and Player Welfare section of the official GAA website. Here you will find best practice advice for players, coaches, medical personnel and administrators.

The player is central to the GAA and all its activities. The skill and dedication of our players at all levels have captured the imagination of the public since the founding of the GAA and have been fundamental to the on-going success of the Association. The welfare of players is therefore of paramount importance to the GAA and its future success. During the development of the GAA’s Strategic Plan and Vision 2009-15, a key objective was the enhancement of the experience of all our players within the Association.

The Association’s Medical, Scientific and Welfare Committee is comprised of medical professionals, players and administrators, they work to ensure that player welfare matters are kept to the forefront of priorities within the GAA. The primary responsibility of the Medical, Scientific and Welfare committee is to advise the Association on medical and general welfare matters relevant to our games and to drive Association policy in these areas.

Click on the various topics for more information.

Download the GAA Player Welfare Booklet. This document has information on a wide range of topics including injury prevention, nutrition, hydration and more.

  • Placing members health on a level playing field

    Wednesday May 13, 2015

    Colin Regan, GAA Community and Health Manager, considers the role the GAA can and is playing in improving the nation'...

    Medical and Player Welfare
  • Farrell: Time to help 'overwhelmed' students

    Thursday April 23, 2015

    Gaelic Players’ Association (GPA) chief Dessie Farrell says now is the time to act to help students who feel that p...

    Medical and Player Welfare
  • Second National Health and Wellbeing Conference

    Thursday February 26, 2015

    A host of the country’s leading GAA personalities and health experts will contribute to the Association’s second...

    Medical and Player Welfare
  • Training Smart: An Interview with Cathal Cregg

    Friday January 9, 2015

    You might know Cathal Cregg as a Roscommon footballer but by day he’s Connacht GAA’s Strength and Conditioning Of...

    Medical and Player Welfare
  • Off the Booze, On the Ball returns for 2015

    Tuesday December 9, 2014

    Off the Booze and On the Ball, the GAA’s health challenge is coming back in February 2015 and this time it’s bigg...

    Medical and Player Welfare
  • Policy on Network Marketed Supplements

    Thursday August 28, 2014

    GAA releases policy on network marketed supplements.

    Medical and Player Welfare
  • E-learning Resources

    Wednesday July 9, 2014

    The player welfare section of the GAA Learning & Development Community Portal gives users access to various text, vid...

    Medical and Player Welfare
  • Update on the use of mouth-guards

    Tuesday December 10, 2013

    OPRO, the official GAA/GPA mouth-guard supplier, along with Cian O’Sullivan and Valerie Mulcahy joined forces to ra...

    Medical and Player Welfare
  • Interview with Ger Ryan and Dessie Farrell

    Wednesday November 20, 2013

    At Tuesday's briefing from the Medical, Scientific and Welfare Committee, spoke with Committee chairman Ger Ry...

    Medical and Player Welfare
  • GAA Medical, Scientific & Welfare Committee Updates

    Tuesday November 19, 2013

    At a press briefing in Croke Park on Tuesday, the GAA’s Medical, Scientific and Welfare Committee released informat...

    Medical and Player Welfare

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