The compulsory use of helmets in hurling and camogie games has led to a fall in head and facial injuries suffered by players.
A new study carried out in Cork looked at all GAA patients treated in the emergency department of Cork University Hospital between May and August 2010, comparing the statistics with the pre-rule era.
It showed that just 12 or 7pc of the injuries recorded were to the head – compared to 1984 and 1993 when previous studies indicated they were as high as 28pc or 20pc.
The helmets became mandatory in 2005 for all players under 18 years of age and five years later players were also forced to wear not just the helmets but also a faceguard in matches and training.
The rule was extended to camogie players in 2011, the researchers reported in 'Forum', the GPs' journal.