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Paddy O'Brien disputes the notion that there has been an upsurge in player injuries after a long spell of inactivity (stock photo)

Paddy O'Brien disputes the notion that there has been an upsurge in player injuries after a long spell of inactivity (stock photo)

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Paddy O'Brien disputes the notion that there has been an upsurge in player injuries after a long spell of inactivity (stock photo)

Leading physiotherapist Paddy O'Brien hasn't witnessed a significant spike in GAA injuries since club action resumed post-lockdown and the former Tipperary star doesn't expect that to change over the coming months.

O'Brien, a vital cog in Liam Sheedy's backroom team as the Premier claimed All-Ireland SHC glory last year, disputes the notion that there has been an upsurge in player injuries after a long spell of inactivity.

"Is there a massive spike where I'm going 'This is insane'? No I'm not to be brutally honest. It's standard. When the intensity of pre-season is there pre-championship, you're going to have a small spike but I'm not seeing anything outrageous yet," O'Brien said.

"I'm seeing the odd hamstring strain and some soft-tissue injuries but nothing more than usual. You're always going to have soft-tissue injuries coming in at you when a season is on but it hasn't been any different than normal."

The Toomevara native, an All-Ireland-winner with Tipperary as a player in 2001, believes "people are way more educated than they used to be" in terms of conditioning and injury prevention.

"Lads are in better nick from the Covid period than they have ever been because everyone went mad training. Lads took gym equipment from their local clubs, were doing Zoom training and they were getting together doing S&C," he said.

"It will be interesting when the games come thick and fast but most clubs are scientifically ahead of where they used to be and they're allowing for recovery so I'd go against the grain and I think that things will be alright."

Irish Independent