Understanding Injuries in the Gaelic Sport of Camogie: The First National Survey of Self-Reported Worst Injuries

in International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training

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Siobhán O’ConnorDublin City University

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Róisín LeahyDublin City University

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Enda WhyteDublin City University

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Paul O’DonovanThe Camogie Association, Ireland

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Lauren FortingtonEdith Cowan University

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Camogie is one of Ireland’s most popular sports, and the full contact nature presents a high potential for injury. This study aims to present the first overview of elite and nonelite camogie injuries by examining adult players’ self-reported worst injuries from one season. At least one injury was sustained by 88.2% of camogie players during the previous season and 60.0% sustained 2+ injuries. Knee and ankle ligaments, hamstring strains and hand/fingers/thumb fractures were key injuries identified, which can lead to substantive health and economic impacts. Further research to establish the mechanism of these injuries is required in order to start shaping potential measures for their prevention.

O’Connor and Whyte are certified athletic therapists and assistant professors with the athletic therapy and training program in the School of Health and Human Performance, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland. Leahy is a certified athletic therapist and a research assistant in the School of Health and Human Performance, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland. O’Donovan is the player welfare coordinator with the Camogie Association, Dublin, Ireland. Fortington is a senior research fellow with the Exercise Medicine Research Institute and research manager of the Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention at Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Australia.

O’ Connor (siobhan.oconnor@dcu.ie) is corresponding author.

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