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Mayo players ahead of the 2017 All Ireland SFC Semi-Final replay against Kerry.
Mayo players ahead of the 2017 All Ireland SFC Semi-Final replay against Kerry.

Guidelines for appropriate and safe training for Gaelic Games


The GAA today published Guidelines for Appropriate and Safe Training for Gaelic Games, which provide advice to clubs and players on how best to prepare for the demands of modern Gaelic Games.

A collaboration between the GAA’s Medical, Scientific and Welfare (MSW) and National Games Development (NGD) Committees, the recommendations and checklist included in the document seek to ensure player welfare is of paramount importance across the association and in particular for clubs in guiding the preparation of teams.

Topics covered included:

  • Recommendations for Safe Training and Exercise
  • Medical Cover for matches
  • Best practice advice on recently available training and recovery methods

Ger Ryan, Chairman of the MSW Committee said in relation to the Guidelines “This document brings together, in the one place, a number of resources that have been developed over the lifetimes of both committees which can be used as a reference in relation to best practice in player welfare in the GAA for all players and those involved with teams.”

Frank Burke, Chairman of the NGD Committee, also commented “The guidelines and checklist will be of assistance to clubs, coaches and players as they continue preparations in advance of club competitions commencing in the next couple of weeks around the country.”

Some of the topics covered in the guidelines, such as the GAA15 Warm Up, Nutrition, Injury Prevention and Concussion are also topics on the agenda for the upcoming GAA Player Conference which takes place on Saturday February 17th in Croke Park.

Player Welfare is one of the GAA's core values and the Association invests considerable time, personnel, and finance in developing evidence-based programmes and resources. Research has identified the challenge for sports governing bodies in communicating player welfare messages to the playing population. To bridge this gap, the GAA is providing a platform for adult club players to engage and be informed about player welfare related topics.

The conference will include keynote addresses, engaging workshops and discussion groups as well as practical experiential demonstrations on the above and other player welfare related topics including fixtures, concussion and gambling awareness. Special guests and speakers include

Eamonn O'Shea (former Tipperary Hurling manager)

Cathal Cregg (Head Strength & Conditioning Officer)

Prof Niall Moyna (Head of the School of Health and Human Performance and Sigerson Manager - DCU)

Caroline Currid (Performance Coach - experience with multiple All-Ireland winning teams)

Dr. Crionna Tobin (Leading sports nutritionist)

Dr. Edwenia O'Malley (Sports Physiotherapist)

Mark Roe (Researcher GAA/UCD National Injury Surveillance Database)

Martin Fogarty (National Hurling Development Manager)

The GAA Player Conference will take place in Croke Park from 9.45am until 3.15pm on Saturday 17th February 2018. A limited number of tickets for this event are still available from http://learning.gaa.ie/player.

The guidelines are also available to download from http://learning.gaa.ie/player

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