GAA Player Welfare
under the microscope in The Premier County

‘Absolutely frightening’ were the words used by PJ Maher to describe the amount of games and training sessions undertaken by one player who made a submission to the specially established committee investigating player welfare in Tipperary.

‘Absolutely frightening’ were the words used by PJ Maher to describe the amount of games and training sessions undertaken by one player who made a submission to the specially established committee investigating player welfare in Tipperary.

The Boherlahan Dualla man, a former Chairman of the Mid Board and Munster Council delegate, is part of the Player Welfare Committee established by Sean Nugent to ascertain the kinds of demands being put on players and to try and find ways of protecting and developing hurlers and footballers in Tipperary.

PJ Maher encouraged clubs and individuals to submit their experiences to the committee and said that without honest assessments the job of the committee will be very difficult.

“What we are talking about here is one player being pressed into action 20-28 times in a month between training and matches. That is absolutely frightening and it applies to the dual player more so than anyone else,” PJ Maher said.

County PRO Ger Ryan, who is also part of the committee, said that one of the big problems is excessive pressure being put on players from multiple managers with the players being afraid to say no to any of them. “We have to find a way of stopping this and we hope to start the ball rolling on a system that will help develop and protect our players all at once,” he said.