Two players suffered concussion in this year's All-Ireland Football Final – highlighting the need for increased awareness about potentially serious head injuries in sport.
Barbara O'Connell, chief executive of Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Ireland, said concussion was a growing concern for GAA players and coaches across the country.
"The physical nature and increasing speed at which the game is played has resulted in a rise in the number of concussions being suffered by these players.
"An increase in education and awareness is crucial to ensure all players are removed from the pitch following a hit to the head no matter the severity of the injury."
She pointed out the identification of concussion could be difficult due to the fact every concussion was unique and no two concussions presented identically.
"A concussion is not always a knock-out and so it is vital for players and coaches to detect the signs and symptoms, ensuring no player continues to play while concussed," she added.
Research conducted by ABI Ireland and the GPA, in relation to hard hits and concussion within Gaelic games, showed 54pc of those surveyed reported having endured a concussion during play.
And 44pc admitted to having sustained a concussion two to five times, while 58pc admitted to continuing to play while concussed.
The findings showed that 42pc of these noted they played on and didn't remember the rest of the game.
ABI Ireland will host a Brain Injury and Sport conference in the Aviva Stadium on Friday, December 13, to raise awareness of the issue.
For more information see www.abiireland.ie.