Friday 26 May 2017

Helmet ruling is victory for safety

WHEN Michael Lister introduced 'Sunday Sport' on RTE Two last weekend with the slogan 'The Year of the Helmet', it was especially gratifying news for me. During the show there was a live film featuring case histories of some of the nastier head injuries that had occurred in hurling games -- followed by an interesting discussion on the latest hurley helmet regulations.

The new ruling makes me happy because as an ardent hurling supporter I advocated the compulsory use of standardised safety headgear by all players for many years.

Being actively involved with health and safety in my employment and having completed specific courses therein, I was very conscious of head injuries being the most serious of all hazards. Head injuries were always a problem in matches between inexperienced youngsters not wearing protection. Young players must learn from the mistakes of others. You can't possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.

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