Sunday 13 October 2019

Currid defends use of sports psychologists

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

DUBLIN's performance coach Caroline Currid has defended the use of sports psychologists in the GAA, saying that results speak for themselves.

The former Sligo ladies footballer was an integral part of Pat Gilroy's management team last season and also worked with the county's All-Ireland U-21 FC winners in 2010, Tipperary's All-Ireland hurling champions in the same year and the Tyrone footballers in 2008.

"It's the results that speak for themselves," she said. "Just look back on the teams that are successful and ask are they using the psychology or are they not...?

"The last four years the winners have used somebody. Kilkenny are using people, Tipperary have been using people, so the results speak for themselves. That's all you can go by in this line of work. You can do as much work as you want, but if you're not getting the results, it's not worth too much."

Although she won't be involved with the Dubs next season, Currid reckons Pat Gilroy's team will face a whole new set of mental challenges as they defend their title for the first time in 16 years.

But she reckons they will be well prepared for the challenge.

"There's a huge focus on them," she said. "They're on a pedestal. Every team will be trying to knock them off, but I think the Dubs are used to that.

"They're used to that attention, so I think it won't be as much of a challenge as it has been to other teams going for the double. In that way, I don't think it'll be that much of a challenge.

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"They'll be trying to raise their game and improve their mindsets and that's going to be a challenge, because they emptied their tanks last year.

"Now they have to do it once more this year."

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