New GAA Conference to Focus on Player Welfare

The GAA is to host a first-ever GAA Player Conference. The event will take place in Croke Park on Saturday, February 17th, 2018 and will cover a wide variety of wellbeing and performance issues.

The event will be open to all adult players of Gaelic Games including Football, Hurling, Camogie, Ladies Football, Handball and Rounders.

It will be about education and shared learning and has drawn together experts across the spectrum of subjects to be covered.

Speakers will include former Tipperary Manager and Professor of Economics at NUI Galway Eamon O’Shea, Dr Crionna Tobin of Glanbia and Professor Niall Moyna of DCU. The overall theme of the event is Prepare, Perform and Recover and it is designed to engage educate, support and inform adult club players on player welfare topics.

“I am delighted to announce this opportunity for our players to attend an event such as this, which will help increase awareness of the many fantastic resources available through our online platforms, and, which are available to all our members,” said GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghaíl.

“Player Welfare is one of the GAA’s core values and the Association invests considerable time, personnel, and finance in developing evidence-based programmes and resources.”

“Research has identified the challenge for sports governing bodies in communicating player welfare messages to the playing population. To bridge this gap, the GAA is providing a platform for adult club players to engage and be informed about key areas of injury prevention, mental preparation, nutrition and more.”

The conference will include a mix of keynote addresses, workshops and discussion groups as well as practical experiential demonstrations on the player welfare related topics including fixtures, concussion and gambling awareness.

A formal launch of the event will take place in January 2018, which will include details of a social media campaign under the hashtag of #PreparePerformRecover.

Outgoing GAA Director General Paraic Duffy wil be joing us for the Sport for Business Sporting Year Ahead at the Marker Hotel on Thursday, January 18th.

On March 2nd, 2018 Sport for Business supported by our Sport for Social Good Partners Allianz will host a special half-day event and report looking at the ways in which sport and business have come together most effectively to bring projects to life that have a genuine and lasting good for the communities in which they are based.

Find out more about this special event and how you might play a part here.

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