Dr Neil Heron Discusses GAA Injuries

29th, May 2015

Some GAA athletes over-train, leading to avoidable injuries and valuable time missed off the pitch, says Dr Neil Heron, a Sports Injury Specialist at the National Sports Clinic, Kingsbridge Private Hospital, in Belfast

Some GAA athletes over-train, leading to avoidable injuries and valuable time missed off the pitch, says Dr Neil Heron, a Sports Injury Specialist at the National Sports Clinic, Kingsbridge Private Hospital, in Belfast

While some injuries are unavoidable, the important thing is to listen to your body and to get the help you need before mild damage becomes serious damage and weeks away from the game stretch into months.

On the other hand, most injuries – for example those which are sustained through over-training and/or training in the wrong way – are entirely preventable. 

Intense training is far less important than smart and specific training when it comes to avoiding physical damage and building up the strength and stamina which will help protect you during a game.

Smart training means doing the right exercises for the right duration with the right frequency.  It means working with coaches throughout the season, changing training intensity to peak at important times, and recognising that pain is your body telling you there is a problem.

Pain means damage which means you are playing at less than your best when you need to be playing at 100%.  Dismissing pain, or being too busy to get it checked out, is just asking for trouble.

A sports injury specialist will diagnose the problem quickly, using the most appropriate MRI, X Ray, Ultrasound or CT scans, and recommend the best programme of treatment.

Rehabilitation is carried out in collaboration with your own GP, referring Sports Doctor or Physiotherapist and is reviewed on a regular basis.

The National Sports Clinic at Kingsbridge Private Hospital is the first local specialist service to seamlessly integrate medical services from acute care through to assessment, surgery and rehabilitation.

This is done via a team of highly skilled healthcare professionals from a range of specialties including Sports Medicine, Orthopaedics, Plastics, Oral Surgery and Cardiology to name a few. 

Patients can be assessed at the clinic or referred by their own GP or Sports Doctor and from this point have access to an extensive network of clinical facilities and over 400 Specialists across the 3fivetwo Group.

3fivetwo Group is the healthcare partner for Ulster GAA and offers private casualty, scanning, surgery, dental and physiotherapy services through Kingsbridge Private Hospital – just a mile from Belfast city centre.

  • For more information click on gaahealthhub.com or 3fivetwo.com
  • Dr Neil Heron is a Fellow and Board Member of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine. He has been a club and international team Doctor for over 6 years and has been awarded international sport medicine fellowships to Vancouver, Canada and Sydney, Australia. A medical educator and teacher, he is currently undertaking a PhD in the field of rehabilitation funded by National Institute of Health Research.

 


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