Friday 27 April 2018

GAA consider new sub rule for concussion

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The GAA could bring in a concussion-sub rule similar to the current blood-sub rule to allow time for proper examination of arguably the sport's most serious injury.

The head of the GAA's Medical, Science and Welfare Committee, Dr Pat Duggan, believes concussion -- which represents 1pc of all GAA injuries -- will become a bigger issue in contact and multi-direction sports like Gaelic football and hurling over the next few years.

Duggan is satisfied that a position paper, in existence on concussion since 2007, sets out GAA policy on the injury which he believes is "way ahead of the posse."

There is no mandatory 'standing down' of GAA players who sustain concussion. Horse racing and rugby stand down concussed jockeys and players for 21 days.


This, Duggan believes, can lead to a refusal to admit to symptoms of concussion. Duggan feels the general medical consensus is that daily monitoring is preferred, with most cases clear after seven days.

But on match days, the committee will explore a temporary substitution to allow for proper examination. In this case, the suspected victim could be replaced in a similar fashion to the blood sub.

The compilation of a database of injuries over the three years between 2007 and 2009 has thrown up some interesting facts. The most common injury in football (18.2pc) and hurling (16.5pc) concerns the hamstring, with knee injuries accounting for 11.6pc in both codes. Pelvis and groin injuries account for 9.4pc in football and 10.4pc in hurling, with ankle injuries at 9pc in both codes.

One of the most interesting statistics is how for every hour of match time a player is engaged in, he would have done 13 hours of collective training.

There were 1.4 match injuries for every training injury.

Irish Independent

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