Sunday 25 February 2018

ESRI conducts most extensive inter-county player survey in GAA history​

 

The research is being carried out by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) on behalf the GAA and GPA, who have teamed up to analyse the relationship between players and the national sports. Stock photo: Sportsfile
The research is being carried out by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) on behalf the GAA and GPA, who have teamed up to analyse the relationship between players and the national sports. Stock photo: Sportsfile
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Inter-county squads are being surveyed on supplements, addictions, emotional well-being and the wider impact of the GAA on their lives as part of the most extensive player research project ever undertaken by the Association.

It's being carried out by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) on behalf the GAA and GPA, who have teamed up to analyse the relationship between players and the national sports. Over 1,900 players from the 2016 hurling and football panels in all 32 counties have been circulated with the 120-question survey.

It's all part of a player welfare initiative which the GAA and GPA hope will provide the clearest picture yet of what it's like to be an inter-county player in the modern age.

feedback "This will inform how the GAA deals with players for years to come," said Alan Milton, the Association's head of communications.

The project is being headed by Dr Elish Kelly, a senior research officer with the ESRI.

"Everything is about evidenced-based policy-making nowadays. We will provide the GAA and GPA with detailed feedback from the information we receive from the players," Dr Kelly said.

"It's the first time that anything like this has been undertaken in the GAA and will form a benchmark for future generations. We're focusing on the players for now but over the next few months we will have workshops with county managers and county secretaries."

The survey goes into great detail, some of which is of a personal nature, including questions on emotional well-being.

There are no fewer than nine questions on the use of supplements. Players are also asked if they believe any of their team-mates have issues with various addictions.

Irish Independent

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