Training and preparation for Gaelic Games has evolved in recent years. Many new methods of preparation and recovery have become available to GAA teams and players at all levels. The GAA’s Medical, Scientific and Welfare (MSW) and Games Development Committees (GDC) have agreed the following recommendations and checklist to assist players, coaches and clubs in training for and playing our games while ensuring player welfare is always of paramount importance.
The Games Development Committee have developed the following resources in relation to Safe Training and Exercise.
Training Activities should be appropriate to the players’ stage of development. The GAA Player Pathway provides a framework for identifying appropriate activity types and developing capacities relevant to each stage of a player’s development.
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Training sessions should be organised based on the Principles of Training. Frequency should ensure appropriate time is allowed for recovery and adaptation between training sessions. Training Loads should be monitored to support this. An appropriate Cool Down should take place at the end of every training session and match.
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Training should have regard for the Principle of Specificity and utilise a Games-Based-Approach where possible.
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The GAA 15 Injury Prevention Programme and Warm-Up should be utilised for all youth and adult teams before training sessions and matches
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