Injury bulletins provide general information only, and are not a substitute for a consultation with a sports Physiotherapist or Physician.

Full contact play with the potential to be tackled or bumped from any angle means that the risk of a knee being twisted or caught on a dangerous angle is high.  Injuries to the knee, ankle and shoulder joints are common.

  • Knee reconstructions(especially ACL) are among the season or career threatening injuries.
  • Osteitis pubis is a common overuse injury that causes groin pain and particularly affects Gaelic footballers

Gaelic football is known for its high level of physical body contact. These high impact collisions can occur from any direction.  Players typically wear no protective padding of any kind except for a mouth guard. As such, impact injury rates tend to be high.  Soft tissue injuries are the most frequent, including injuries to the quadriceps and calf muscles.

While many players choose not to wear protective padding, players do occasionally suffer head injury resulting in loss of consciousness.  Spinal injuries are extremely uncommon and comparatively much lower than in the rugby codes.

The high levels of injuries that take place during games of football are so much that not only during a players’ career are they susceptible to injuries, but the effects afterwards are detrimental to their health.