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Thursday 28 August 2014

GAA launch new set of guidelines on concussion injury management

Published 19/11/2013 | 13:53

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Kilkenny's Richie Power is stretchered off after suffering concussion in the All-Ireland SHC quarter-final against Cork
Kilkenny's Richie Power is stretchered off after suffering concussion in the All-Ireland SHC quarter-final against Cork this year

The GAA have said that although concussion injuries are rare in Gaelic Games they must guard against them because of their dangerous nature.

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The GAA's injury database revealed that a very small number of injuries 2.3% (Football) and 2.2% (Hurling) have been injuries to the head with less than 1%, (0.8% Football, 0.5%, Hurling) of all injuries being diagnosed as concussion.

Despite this Ger Ryan, Chairman of the GAA’s Medical, Scientific and Welfare committee, and the GAA have placed huge importance with the potentially fatal injury.

"In terms of numbers of injuries, concussion is not a significant event but given that it is such a significant injury, we are going to treat it very importantly and today the GAA has launches a new set of guidelines for treatment of concussions," Ryan told RTE Radio One.

"The guidelines are based on the international conference on concussion in sport which was held in Zurich last March we’ve had advise from experts in the field.

"We have launched a new set of guifelines to day with will set out for very clearly for players, for coaches, for team doctors and so on what the best approach is for diagnosing and dealing with concussion including removing players from play when necessary and also managing the return to play scenario.

"We were ahead of the curve in the GAA in 2007 when we launched the initial concussion statement.

"We will be following it up with an education programme for all interested parties in the GAA and all relevant parties commencing in the New Year."

Any player suspected of having received a concussion should be removed immediately from play and  should never return to play on the same day as having received a suspected concussion and medical clearance should be obtained before a player returns to play.

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