# Player Welfare

This year
# Player Welfare
Web system issue causes delay for expenses paid to GAA inter-county players
Over 40 squad lists have been uploaded for the 2023 inter-county season with those players now able to claim expenses.
Last year
# Player Welfare
Allowing Iran keeper to play on after head injury an ‘utter disgrace’
Beiranvand collided with team-mate Majid Hosseini during Iran’s World Cup opener against England.
All time
# difference of opinion
Sean Dyche responds after Jurgen Klopp accuses Burnley of putting players’ safety at risk
The Clarets boss has insisted player welfare is ‘off the scale’.
# Player Welfare
Gerrard: 'This is not just a Covid situation, this is what comes on the back of it'
The Aston Villa manager believes players need protection not only from the virus but from consequential heavy workloads.
# Head Contact
'We're conscious of the trend... there have been more cards than ever'
World Rugby publicly launched its new ‘Head Contact Process’ this week.
# England
Midweek games ahead as Premiership rugby unveil hectic restart schedule
Teams will face as low as four-day turnarounds to play out all remaining rounds.
# Player Welfare
Cocaine, concussion and creating a new future top of upcoming PFA Ireland agenda
General secretary Stephen McGuinness admits the lack of knowledge and attitudes towards recreational drugs is a “serious concern” as the PFAI prepare to visit clubs next week.
Inter-county GAA players drink less than other men - but engage in 'potentially hazardous' drinking in the off season
The ESRI says that the commitment levels required for inter-county players could have a knock on effect on their education and careers.
# Player Welfare
Schmidt backs player load guidelines issued by IRP
International Rugby Players want to ‘change the culture of over-burdening players at all levels of the game’.
# Player Welfare
Best offers input as World Rugby outlaws dangerous 'axial loading' in scrums
The governing body has announced an amendment to its law book.
# The survey says
45% of international rugby players felt pressure to train or play when not fully fit
The International Rugby Players survey covers injury rates, concussion and club versus country demands.
# Player Welfare
'That's a terrific idea' - support for GAA to appoint a Nucifora-type figure to tackle player burnout
GPA chairman Seamus Hickey has backed a suggestion from GAA President John Horan.
# Player Welfare
Sexton keen on Australia tour and feels Ireland's freshness told in Grand Slam
The Ireland out-half believes the IRFU’s central contracting system is a key strength.
# Player Welfare
Former Canada lock summons Clermont to court over concussions
The French giants say it is not ‘a complaint against the club’ and that Jamie Cudmore is merely seeking medical expertise.
# Player Welfare
Lions tour not alone in punishing tired players in flawed rugby season
Tournament organisers have struggled to deliver a coherent-looking season that comes close to suiting all parties.
# using the head
Worcester give captain Van Velze extended break from rugby after latest concussion
‘The long-term welfare of the player is of utmost importance.’
'We don't just aim to create great players, but great individuals'
Former Ireland star Marcus Horan among expert group driving player welfare.
# Player Welfare
'You’re always focused on the result and that's dangerous when there are players at stake'
Concussion was one of the big issues discussed at the recent GAA Coaching Conference.
# radical change
US Soccer bans children aged 10 or under from heading the ball
The guidelines were drawn up to resolve a legal case launched in federal court in California
# Player Welfare
The GPA issue statement in wake of Clare hurling controversy
The Banner have been rocked recently by the departure of Davy O’Halloran and Nicky O’Connell.
# head over heart
George North is 'not a happy man' to be left out of Wales team, according to Warren Gatland
Winger given ‘extended recovery period’ because of concussion suffered last November.
# Player Welfare
Dessie Farrell thinks capping training could drive players away from the GAA
Farrell responded to the recent discussion about player welfare.
# Player Welfare
GPA set to build 'The Institute' to help with personal development of players
The representative group today outlined plans to develop a a new facility for its members.
# Player Welfare
'That's out of our hands' - Ireland internationals missing at Thomond Park
The IRFU’s management of their leading internationals meant some high-profile absentees last night.
# Damning
Footballers' union Fifpro: 'Fans threatened to beat or stab the players'
Incredible details released regarding the toxic environment of the Serbian league.
# About time
FIFA set to introduce three-minute concussion breaks
After a string of incidents at the World Cup, football’s governing body prepare to take decisive action.
# Player Welfare
Rob Kearney: The days of 'It's just a knock, I'll be fine' are gone
The Leinster and Ireland fullback talks player welfare and life beyond rugby after his first year as IRUPA chairman.
# Player Welfare
International football players' union meets in Dublin to discuss transfer system challenge
FIFPro members begin two-day talks before a visit to Aras an Uachtarain tomorrow.
# Player Welfare
Almost 50% of Irish rugby players have hidden a concussion
A survey carried out by IRUPA also revealed that one in five players have been concussed between four and five times.
# get set
Reminder: Every Gaelic footballer must wear a mouthguard from January 1st
The new rule is part of the GAA’s ongoing efforts to safeguard the welfare of players.
# Player Welfare
No Jonny Sexton in Racing Métro squad
The Ireland out-half will be putting his feet up this weekend in Paris.
# Player Welfare
'You just want to stay on the field' - George Gregan on concussion
The former Wallabies scrum-half says he believes the game has moved forward in protecting players.
# Head Injuries
IRB calling for Six Nations to adopt concussion protocols
The world rugby body points out that their pitch-side assessments have reduced dangerous incidents in this area.
# Player Welfare
Jonny Sexton: Time to develop a global rugby season to protect players
The professional players’ union has urged chiefs to draw up a new plan.
Column: I thought I was just trying to beat depression in a one-off fight
Cavan GAA player Alan O’Mara shares his personal experience of living with depression.
# Player Welfare
Two more years: €900k provided to GAA for Player Grants Scheme
The sum will be provided by the Irish Sports Council in 2013 and 2014, it was announced today.
# Mind Matters
'I've cleared things up with Niall Quinn' - PFA boss Gordon Taylor
The Sunderland director hit out at the perceived lack assistance players get from the Professional Footballers’ Association but has since had a visit from its chief executive.