Monday 23 April 2018

Physios voice concerns over cutbacks

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP) has voiced concerns over the recent decision by the GAA to limit physiotherapy reimbursements as part of its player-injury scheme. The society believes it will have a negative effect on player health and welfare.

The ISCP said that it accepted that the GAA, as a private organisation, is forced to make key decisions affecting budgets in order to address costs in these recessionary times.

ISCP president Annette Shanahan said it would have a huge negative impact on players and their welfare.

"There are serious patient-safety implications from this very regrettable development," she said. "The GAA suggest that physiotherapy will still be funded by the individual clubs.

"This will be hit and miss, depending on the finances of the smaller clubs already operating on limited budgets or those compromised by having a high proportion of injured players.

"As our economy declines, some players and parents will be unable to afford to supplement physiotherapy treatment if not covered by insurance," she added.

Meanwhile, Ricky Nixon, the agent who signed Kerry's Tommy Walsh on behalf of St Kilda, is in Dublin later today for a press conference. Nixon will be joined by Michael Nettlefold, St Kilda's chief executive officer.

Elsewhere, five Meath players will be getting their heads shaved as part of the Today FM/Irish Cancer Foundation 'Shave or Dye' campaign at Navan Shopping Centre today (4.0).

Seamus Kenny, Joe Sheridan, Mark Ward, Paddy O'Rourke and Shane McAnarney have volunteered to participate in the event.

Irish Independent

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