Medical & Player Welfare


Welcome to the Medical and Player Welfare section of our Club website. Our intention is to add information and details that we believe may be of use to our members. [You can also visit the GAA’s excellent section on their webpage [ -. Medical & Player Welfare’] which covers this whole area with some very useful information e.g. concussion, minor injuries, etc.]

Sometimes when we think of player welfare, we think first of injuries, medical issues, first aid. These are all important but so too is good nutrition, hydration, proper training, rest and recovery, etc. The GAA have published a very good booklet, the GAA Player Welfare Booklet which has information on a wide range of topics including injury prevention, nutrition, hydration and more:



Mouthguards: are mandatory for players in all age grades, in all Gaelic Football practice sessions and games. This rule has been mandatory for players in grades up to Minor since 2013 and applies to all age grades since January 1st 2014.

Helmets: are mandatory for players in all age grades, in all Hurling practice sessions and games.

Concussion:  ‘A concussion is a brain injury that is associated with a temporary loss of brain function. The injury must be taken seriously to protect the long term welfare of all players. A concussion is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth.’ Concussion is not always easy to diagnose and its effects can be quite subtle or slow to present itself – remember it’s a brain injury and is always worth ‘erring on the side of caution’, in particular when dealing with younger people. The following two booklets are worth referring to:


GAA-Concussion-Management-Guidelines-2013-2016-Amended-Jan-2015 Concussion-Information-for-Coaches


Cardiac Screening (from

Following the completion of a two year research programme in which nearly 300 GAA players were examined in an attempt to assess the effectiveness of various screening methods, the GAA’s Medical, Scientific & Welfare Committee updated its position paper on cardiac screening.

The GAA now advise that the most effective way to identify risk is for players over the age of 14 to undergo cardiac screening on one occasion. It is also advised that this process be repeated before the age of 25. Players should consult their team or family doctor if they wish to get screened and screening should consist of completion of the GAA’s Cardiac Screening Questionnaire, a Physical Examination and an ECG.

As part of its commitment in this context and to aid diagnosis, the GAA in conjunction with the Gaelic Players Association (GPA) have implemented a programme whereby any doctors carrying out a cardiac screening programme for a GAA player will be able to send that ECG to the cardiac department in the Mater under Dr. Joseph Galvin to have a sports cardiology opinion on the ECG.

In order to avail of this service, GP’s should contact Gearóid Devitt, the GAA’s Player Welfare Administrator in Croke Park ( or 01 865 8610).

Club Defibrillator (AED): our Club have a Defibrillator which is located in our clubhouse main-hall. A number of club members are trained up in it’s use and we welcome other trained personnel who would be willing to be added to our volunteer ‘trained personnel list’. We also organise training courses for interested members.


GAA Insurance and Injury Scheme
Should a player receive an injury and wishes to enquire about or make a claim, they should inform their coach and contact the Club Secretary. A copy of the claim form on the GAA’s Insurance and Injury Scheme can be found at:



FUEL YOUR BODY – Food for the Teenage Sports Person

As a teenage sports person, your active lifestyle and growing body means you have special nutritional needs. Safefood is an all-island agency responsible for providing the public with information about food hygiene, food safety and healthy eating. They have brought out a booklet ‘FUEL YOUR BODY’ packed with information for the teenage sports person about what to eat and drink to perform at your best in sport, stay healthy and feel great. though no longer in print (2014), copy can be downloaded or viewed below:


Further information on this and related topics can be found by visiting