New research and screening will explore the effect of repeated concussions and head injuries. It will build on research carried out by the International Concussion and Head Injury Research Foundation since 2015.
UPMC, which came on board last month as a long term partner of the GAA and Gaelic Players Association runs a national network of medical professionals who can tap into research and learning through its own US-based international network.
This new research will involve screening at the Beacon Hospital in Dublin and will initially focus on the recruitment of Jockeys.
The focus is on long term rather than short term impact and will expand to other sports including rugby and boxing in time.
Last week it emerged that All Black rugby players in New Zealand were being asked to consider a post mortem donation of their brains to a study in that country amid rising concern over the number of reported concussions in junior players.
Thankfully this Irish study will focus on the living.
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