Asian County Board
Cumann Lúthchleas Gael
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Player Welfare

ACB Health & Safety Policy
Cardiac Screening
Heat Related Illness
Other Player Welfare Resources
ACB Health & Safety Policy

Click here to download: ACB Health & Safety Policy

Cardiac Screening

The Medical Welfare Committee of the GAA recommends that in the context of Cardiac Screening all participants over the age of 14 should complete a cardiac screening questionnaire.  The Questionnaire can be downloaded from the link below.

It is recommended that those under the age of 21 should fill in the quiestionnaire under the supervision/in conjunction with parent(s)/guardians(s).

Anyone answering "Yes" to any of the questions should discuss the findings with their Doctor.

Click here to download: Cardiac Screening Questionnaire

Heat Related Illness

Most of our Clubs here in Asia are located in countries with hotter weather than in Ireland.  Particularly in the run up to the Asian Gaelic Games the climate in most cities is quite hot and/or very humid.

It is important that participants in our games here in Asia are mindful of heat-related injury and ensure that at all times they are well hydrated and prepared to train / play in hotter conditions than they may be used to at home.

Advice for Training in a Hot Climate

The four main heat related illnesses are outlined below:

Illness Signs & Symptoms  Severity  Treatment 
Heat Muscle Cramps Muscle Cramp, Dehydration, Thirst, Sweating Mild Hydration, Rest
Heat Syncope Dehydration, Fatigue, Pale Skin, Decreased pulse, Light headedness, Fainting Moderate Hydration, lie in shaded area with legs elevated
Heat Exhaustion As above plus normal or elevated core temperature, dizziness, headaches, nausea, diarrhoea, urine output, profuse sweating, chills, intestinal cramps, urge to defecate, hyperventilation Moderate to High Hydration, lie in shaded area with legs elevated - Seek medical attention
Heat Stroke As above plus elevated core temperature, drowsiness, irrational behaviour, disorientation irritability, seizures, loss of consciousness High - medical emergency Lie in shaded area and attempt to cool the victim until medical help arrives

  • Excessive / over-strenuous excercise in hot & humid climate
  • Lack of proper acclimatisation - newer players will be more at risk
  • Poor physical fitness
Other Risk Factors:
  • Dehydration
  • Sleep Deprivation
  • Recent history of viral illness, diarrhoea or vomiting
  • Lifestyle behaviours - excessive alcohol use, drug/medications use.
  • Wearing non-permeable clothing such as cotton
  • Sunburn
If you have been exposed to any of the above risk factors, be more vigilant about the signs & symptoms mentioned above:

Preventing Heat Related illness - what you can do:
  • Stay hydrated - drink lots of water & sports drinks before, during & after training and matches.
  • Stay hydrated - avoid excessive alcohol, coffee & tea as they make the body lose fluids
  • Stay in the shade as much as possible
  • Wear breathable fabrics - dri-fit, climacool, cotton & polyester combination.   Avoid Cotton t-shirts if your shirt gets sweat-soaked, change it.
  • Know your limitations - if you haven't trainned in a while or are new to Asia, take it easy for your first few sessions.
  • If you feel any of the symptoms listed above, consult a first aider.

Participation in any sport involves risk of injury - and all participants are reminded that they should ensure that they are adequately insured to play contact sports.

Additionally participation in Gaelic Games in Asia often involves overseas travel.

Participants are reminded to check the following:
  • Are you adequately insured to play sports in your home club?
  • Are you adequately insured to play contact sports overseas?
  • Are you adequately insured in the event of any pre-existing conditions?
Players (and Parents/Guardians) are reminded that their Health & Safety is their responsibility and they should ensure at all times they are adequately insured, fit to play and hydrated while playing GAA or any other sports.

Participants at the Asian Gaelic Games & other ACB regional tournaments are required to sign a declaration that they are adequately insured.  Please make sure that you are!  Short term insurance to play sports overseas is readily available from many vendors and relatively inexpensive.

Other Player Welfare Resources

The GAA official website contains a wealth of information on the many aspects of Player Welfare.  Please click on the links below to access this information.