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Eugene McGee: Warning: training can be bad for your health

Published 24/01/2011 | 05:00

Why have so many top GAA players suffered serious, often career-threatening, injuries in the past few years? I ask the question at this time of year because we are now hearing about all the famous players who are not available to play because they are seriously injured, even though the inter-county season ended last August for all but two counties.

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I was amazed to hear that no less than five members of the Kildare senior football panel are suffering from the same type of injury: damage to the cruciate ligament of the knee.

Dublin and Kilmacud Crokes players Paul Griffin and Mark Davoren have also spent a year on the sideline with the same type of injury, as have many others around the country. This is a very serious injury in any sportsperson's life and can often be career-ending.

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