The first ever GAA Player Conference will take place in Croke Park on Saturday, February 17th from 9.45am until 3.15pm.. Open to all adult players of Gaelic Games (Football, Hurling, Ladies Football, Camogie, Handball and Rounders), the event themed Prepare, Perform and Recover is designed to engage, educate, support and inform adult club players on player welfare topics. 
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 the following player welfare areas:
o   Warm-up / Injury prevention / Strength & Conditioning
o   Technical demands of the game & Skills acquisition
o   Mental preparation and performance skills
o   Nutrition for Performance / Supplements
o   Understanding and practising a balanced lifestyle
The conference will include keynote addresses, engaging workshops and discussion groups as well as practical experiential demonstrations on the above topics and other player welfare related issues including fixtures, concussion and gambling awareness. Special guests and speakers include
  • Eamonn O'Shea (former Tipperary Hurling manager)
  • Cathal Cregg (Head Strength & Conditioning Officer with Connacht GAA)
  • Prof Niall Moyna (Head of the School of Health and Human Performance and Sigerson Manager - DCU)
  • Caroline Currid (Performance Coach - experience with multiple All-Ireland winning teams)
  • Dr.Crionna Tobin (Leading sports nutrionist)
  • Dr. Edwenia O'Malley (Sports Physiotherapist involved in the development of GAA 15)
  • Further speakers to be added in the coming weeks.

Speaker Bios

For just €10, attendees will receive evident based information on key areas of player welfare, a delegate pack and refreshments (including lunchtime meal) throughout the day. Spaces are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis. A full schedule for the day will be available in January. 

For further information please contact / 01-8658610


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Player Welfare Learning & Development

At this time of year, all clubs have an opportunity to reflect on the past season’s activities and also plan for 2018. To assist with this process, the GAA Club Player Welfare Checklist is a useful tool for incumbent club officials to assess the provisions in place for players on topics such as Injury Prevention, Defibrillators, Concussion Education and Nutrition / Anti-Doping.

The club can compare it’s current procedures against the best practice advice approved by the Association’s GAA Medical, Scientific and Welfare Committee and see what areas may require attention ahead of the new season.

Resources, including guidelines, posters and information sheets for the relevant topics are also available selecting the relevant topic. 

For queries in relation to any of the topics on the Club Player Checklist do not hesitate to contact the GAA Player Welfare Administrator at the following contact details: