A well-known GP in the Shannonside Region has urged sporting organisations to adapt rules and regulations to safeguard players.
While the benefits of playing sports such as rugby, GAA and soccer are massive, Ballygar GP Dr Martin Daly says participants need to be
aware of the potential risks.
Understanding around conditions such as concussions and other head injuries is growing according to the East Galway medic, but more awareness
Speaking on the Joe Finnegan Show today, the local GP says games like rugby and other physically intensive sports can adapt to lessen the risk
faced by players.
Dr Daly says that foul play and off the ball incidents are also a huge cause of injuries and must be addressed:
''When my son suffered a concussion, it was because of foul play after a match was over, he was punched in the side of the head. Now that type of culture and we have seen recently in matches, where this has spilled out into spectators and onto the pitch and that cannot be tolerated by any sporting body. So we need to get foul play out. There has to be zero tolerance around foul play, leading with the head dangerous tackles.''