St Vincents GAA is committed to player safety and welfare, and we follow all guidelines set down by the GAA, LGFA and Camogie Association. This page provides useful resources for players, mentors and parents and guardians regarding player safety.
Since January 1st 2014, it has been mandatory for players in all grades to wear a mouthguard in all Gaelic football games and practice sessions.
The introduction of this rule has led to a drop of 37% in the number of dental injury claims made via the GAA Injury benefit fund, resulting from incidents in Gaelic football training sessions and matches in grades up to Minor in 2013. At adult level a similar drop of 39% occurred in 2014 proving the benefits of wearing a mouthguard in reducing the risk of dental injuries.
Detailed information from the GAA can be downloaded here.
All players at all levels in all Hurling and Camogie Games and Hurling and Camogie Practice Sessions that it is mandatory, and the responsibility of each individual player to wear a helmet with a facial guard that meets the standards set out in IS:355 or other replacement standard as determined by the National Safety Authority of Ireland (NSAI). The GAA’s advice document about helmets can be dowloaded here
The club maintains two Defibrillators – One is kept at the entrance to the clubhouse on the left hand side of the entrance, and the other is stored facing the entrance to the dressing rooms. We also run courses on the use of defibrillators. The GAA’s information defibrillators can be downloaded here.