Monday 18 December 2017

Concussion a worrying issue, warns Macauley

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

DUBLIN midfielder Michael Darragh Macauley has called on players to take concussion more seriously after a study based on the 2008-09 season revealed that Gaelic footballers are three times more likely to suffer the injury during matches than hurlers.

The GAA, with specialists Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, are promoting awareness of head injuries through their 'Mind Your Head' campaign.

The campaign will be aimed at educating players about the symptoms of concussion, through a poster campaign distributed to more than 2,000 GAA clubs.

"It's definitely an issue players don't know enough about, and don't take seriously," Macauley said.

"We are our own worst enemies. No player will volunteer to sit out any game if they can avoid it. We think we can avoid being honest about it because it's not visual.

"When I broke my finger it put me out for a few weeks; there was definitely no hiding that injury. I knew the extra damage I would do if I continued to play. We need to start thinking about concussion in the same way."

Irish Independent

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