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1 Injury Prevention in the GAA Dr Clare Lodge MISCP, DPT

2  Psychological – Self / Family/ Team  Financial – personally/ club/ county board  Health – long term  “Ouch!” – 13 of the worst injuries suffered by GAA players in 2013 “Ouch!” – 13 of the worst injuries suffered by GAA players in 2013  olm-oneill-cruciate-injury Dec2013/ olm-oneill-cruciate-injury Dec2013/

3 Incidence of Injury Over the 4 seasons estimated that there will be 1.19 injuries per player. (1) Injuries 15 x more common during matches than training

4  Non contact incorporated the following mechanisms:  Sprinting  Turning  Landing  Kicking

5 Distribution of injury 72 % of all injuries occur to the lower limb

6 19.7 Muscle injury 25.3 Ligament Injury 32.4 Tendon Injury

7 Player Well being Flexibility Strength Conditioning “At Risk” Players Mental Health Training load Nutrition Hydration

8  P revent Injury  E nhance  P erformance

9 Avoid vulnerable positions Increase flexibility Increase Strength Include Plyometrics Include Proprioception +Agilities

10 ~You may need to work on specific areas of the Program

11  Other studies (3),(4) implemented various programmes incorporating a combination of the PEP program concepts and results are promising.  74%- 89% decrease in lower limb injury incidence  Noncontact injuries decreased by 1/3.  Re-occurence of lower limb injury was 5x more likely in the control groups.  6-8 weeks required for the Program to have neuromuscular effect  Emphasis on technique: - landing softly on the forefoot engaging hip and knee flexion + avoid knee collapsing inward - Deceleration techniques

12  Consider + incorporate PEP components into training  Avoid poor techniques + vulnerable positions  Increase Flexibility  Increase Strength  Include Plyometrics  Include Agilities and Proprioception  Identify “at risk” players - Previous Incidence of Injury is the best predictor of reinjury!

13 Educate Increase awareness Demonstrate and reassess Individualise when necessary Modify for age

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15 (1) Murphy J, O’Malley E, Gissane C, Blake C (2012) American Journal of Sports Medicine, vol. 40, No.9 (2) Silvers H, Mandelbaum B (2011) SportOrtho Trauma 27, (3) Alentorn-Geli E, Myer G, Silvers H, Samitier G (2009) Prevention of non contact ACL injuries in Athletes : A review of prevention programs aimed at modifying risk factors and reducing injury rates. Knee surgery and sports traumatology 17: (4) Griffin E, Letha Y (2003) Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research vol. 409;


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