Players & Members Health Issues


The GAA Medical Scientific and Player Welfare official website

The Ulster Council's Health & Wellness website

Cardiac Screening

The Cormac Trust

Cardiac Risk in the Young

Sudden Adult Death Syndrome


Donate to the University of Ulster Cardiac Screening Centre HERE

Please find below 2 letters from Pauric Duffy, the GAA's Players Welfare Manager. Also you can download or print off the Cardiac and other questionnaire from the links or attachments below and fill them out.


From: "Paraic Duffy" <>
Date:  Thu, 30 Aug 2007 11:13:47 +0100

To: Runaithe agus Cathaoirligh
A chara,

You will have noted, in recent days, two serious incidents of cardiac failure involving elite soccer players. Tragically, Antonio Puerta of Spanish club Sevilla died after suffering a heart attack in a game on Sunday last while Irish player Clive Clarke is recovering after what has been reported as a cardiac arrest during an English League Cup game between Leicester City and Nottingham Forest. Both incidents highlight matters which our Medical, Scientific and Welfare Committee have drawn to your attention during this year. Media reports indicate that Antonio Puerta had suffered bouts of dizziness after previous games while the use of a defibrillator is reported as having been crucial in saving Clive Clarke's life. These incidents emphasize that

*         Players of all ages, club and inter-county, must be encouraged to complete the Cardiac Screening questionnaire on the GAA website

*         All clubs must be strongly encouraged to purchase a defibrillator and train members in its use. I refer you to previous correspondence on this matter and remind you that defibrillators can be ordered through Croke Park at a total cost of 1,200 euro (including VAT) while VHI Healthcare will provide free initial training to four participants from each club who purchase a defibrillator through Croke Park. You can contact Stephen Brown at for full details.

I will greatly appreciate if you will highlight these matters with all your players, using every available means of communication. Many thanks.

Is mise le meas,

Paraic O Dufaigh  



From: "Paraic Duffy" <>
Date:  Tue, 18 Sep 2007 10:43:11 +0100

A chara,

As you know, the Medical, Scientific and Welfare committee, under the chairmanship of Dr.Pat Duggan, has recommended that all players over the age of fourteen should self-administer a questionnaire based on symptoms associated with exercise and family history of cardiac issues. There have been quite a few enquiries in recent weeks as to how players can access the questionnaire.  I attach again a copy of the questionnaire which can be copied and distributed. It can also be accessed on the GAA website through the Cardiac Screening icon on the homepage or at

It is crucial that all our players over the age of 14 are made aware of this recommendation.

Is mise le meas,

Paraic O Dufaigh

Bainisteoir Leas na nImreoiri (Player Welfare Manager)

Tel. 01-8363222 Extn.2148

Cardiac Screenin1.pdf (Binary attachment)

Hepatitis B

From: "Paraic Duffy" <>
Date:  Wed, 21 Feb 2007 11:47:26 -0000

Do: Runaithe Chontae

A Chara,

A recent meeting of Coiste Bainisti accepted a recommendation from the National Medical, Scientific and Welfare Committee that all players should be advised to have a Hepatitis B vaccination. I will appreciate if you will make your clubs and players aware of this recommendation. I attach, for your information, a briefing document on Hepatitis B, prepared by Dr.Danny Mulvihill of the Medical, Scientific and Welfare committee.

Is mise le meas,

Paraic ODufaigh

Bainisteoir na nImreoiri (Player Welfare Manager)

Tel. 01-8363222 Extn.2148

BLOOD BORNE INFECTIONS IN SPORT(Hepatitis B).doc (Binary attachment)