GPA Bringing Recovery Home

A total of 2,000 packs designed to reduce injury risk and to support pre and post-game exercises have been delivered to GAA Intercounty footballers and hurlers in recent weeks.

The packs were sent out by the Gaelic Players Association as part of a major campaign arising out of evidence-based research from the ESRI.

That showed the challenge of time constraints on players limiting the time for recovery and increasing the risk of injury.

The GPA’s Player Safety and Welfare Group, chaired by former Limerick footballer Dr Jim O’Donovan, took the findings on board and has teamed up with Tipperary-based Sports Physio & Performance to provide the packs for all players to use at home or at training to aid with activation, mobilisation and core strengthening.

The project is part of a wider focus on player welfare by the GPA underpinned by a number of key research projects in the areas of physical and emotional health, and the wellbeing of inter-county players aimed at raising the standards of the playing and training environment.

“Player welfare is one of our three core pillars alongside development and representation and we are delighted to team up with Sports Physio & Performance to assist our members with their recovery protocols.”

“This is a great initiative as it involves players in their own injury prevention and recovery.”

“The benefits of using the tools in the packs are backed by solid research and the packs will play a big part in recovery and performance for teams throughout the rest of the season.”

“As an inter-county player, it can often be challenging to manage my time effectively between my playing and work commitments and finding the appropriate time for rest and recovery,” added Wexford Senior Hurler Matthew O’Hanlon.

“It is great that the GPA has provided all players with a practical means to help with pre-game prep and post-game recovery. It’s great to see the GPA taking a keen interest in our physical welfare.”

Image Credit: Matt Browne, Sportsfile

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