Thursday 21 September 2017

Taking a stand on burnout

Eugene McGee

Eugene McGee

Up to a year ago hardly anybody had ever heard the word 'burnout' in relation to football and hurling. Just like 25 years ago when nobody knew about 'hamstrings,' while, in modern times, we have only just become acquainted with 'Gilmore's groin' and 'fractured metatarsals.'

But one of the great things about the GAA is the way our vocabularies keep on expanding in response to reports from Croke Park committees -- and so it was that burnout became part of the Association's lexicon.

There was a big summit of GAA chiefs in the form of a Special Congress last spring in which 'burnout' was discussed in depth under the aegis of former Dublin star Dr Pat O'Neill, a leading international authority on sports injuries, who chaired a committee on the problem.

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