A Glencolmcille student is undertaking a study into player injuries caused by overuse within the GAA, and is looking for players to help.
Rory McIntyre is a student of physiotherapy at Leeds Beckett University.
He told Ocean FM: “The study is aiming to get a clearer picture of the extent of overuse injuries in adult male Gaelic football players. Other studies tend to only count injuries if they stop someone from training or playing – so they might be missing a lot of players out and underestimating the problem. This new questionnaire includes players that play through their injuries as well, so hopefully should be more realistic. Overuse injuries are ones that don’t seem to have a specific cause (like going over on your ankle for example), and come from the body being overworked over a period of time.
“I’m looking for males aged 18 or over, who are playing Gaelic this season. It doesn’t matter if you’re injured or not. Anyone who signs up will get an email each week during the season with a quick online questionnaire that you can do on your phone or computer, with a few multiple choice questions, and it also just asks if there was a specific movement or event (e.g. collision, sprinting, turning) that caused the injury.”
For more info and to sign up to the study, click the following link: www.tinyurl.com/gaainjuries
Rory added: “If there are any youngsters thinking of maybe getting into physiotherapy, they’re more than welcome to get in touch for any advice, I’d be happy to chat about what it’s like to study.”
Rory can be contacted at [email protected]