Saturday 25 November 2017

Hurlers 8pc more likely to be injured than footballers

Dr. Catherine Blake
Dr. Catherine Blake
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

THE GAA's national injury database has revealed that two out of every three GAA players will get injured at least once every season.

The injury data, which has been collected under the direction of physiotherapist John C Murphy and research co-ordinator Dr Catherine Blake in partnership with Edwenia O'Malley from UCD's School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population Science, has been collated over a seven-year period and has involved 45 football teams and 32 hurling teams, incorporating 2,525 players.

The data also showed that more than one third of players will have more than one injury per season, and a quarter of all injuries recorded will be a recurrence of an old injury.

The establishment of the database in 2007 has helped the GAA's medical, welfare and scientific committee to identify key injury trends and further educate coaches and players on the topic.

The database reveals that 53.9pc of football injuries and 56.5pc of hurling injuries happened during matches, while 37.7pc (football) and 34.9pc (hurling) occur at training.

Cruciate ligament injuries accounted for between 1.1 and 1.4pc of injuries in football and hurling, while concussion was less than 1pc of all the injuries recorded.

Thigh injuries remain the highest (32.7pc football, 23.4pc hurling), with hamstrings next (23pc football, 16.7pc hurling).

There is an 8pc greater chance of being injured playing hurling than football, with 72.1pc of hurlers injured in a season and 64.2pc footballers.

The majority of injuries (29.8pc football, 37.6pc hurling) happen in contact, the database found, and the vast majority are lower-limb injuries.

The collation of the data and its findings have prompted the group to establish a new standardised 15-minute warm-up which is designed to address the potential for lower-limb injuries.

It will be rolled out in January and will be embedded in the GAA's coach education programme next October.

Irish Independent

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