One in four GAA players continue to play with concussion

In a new study conducted by NUIGalway about concussion found that 40% of young male GAA players were under the impression that continuing to play with concussion would relieve the symptoms from the incident. 

Both male and females were surveyed and females were less than half (17%) as likely to remain on the pitch after a collision. 

The most common symptoms of concussion that the young GAA players were aware of were headaches and dizziness, although knowledge of being sluggish and hazy weren’t as commonly acknowledged.  
The topic of concussion has been in the limelight in the GAA for a number of years. In the past five congress gatherings it has been proposed but shut down the introduction of a concussion sub. Currently in that space in the GAA’s handbook in “Return to Play” which currently states that any player suspect of an concussion must be removed from the field and cannot return without out the approval of a medic. 

The study concluded that 

“[These] results indicated participants lack a complete understanding of concussion, as common misconceptions about it prevailed,”

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