All school sports injuries should be reported for safety, doctors warn
GPs have called for the mandatory reporting of all injuries sustained during sporting events in schools.
Dr Ray Walley, President of the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO), said there is a serious vacuum of knowledge about the extent and type of these injuries.
Moving a motion at the organisation's annual meeting in Sligo last night, he said there has been growing public debate about young players suffering concussion and in some cases continuing to play.
"The State should be monitoring this. It should be the responsibility of schools to report a sports-related injury to collect the data. We need to know what improvements should be put in place."
This has already been introduced in some countries, including Canada.
He was supported by Kilkenny GP Dr Tadhg Crowley, who is the Kilkenny hurling team's doctor.
The doctors' conference will be addressed by acting Health Minister Leo Varadkar today.
They will be discussing a range of issues, including overcrowding in the country's hospitals.