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New Research from GAA/GPA: Senior Inter-County Commitments Up to 31 hours a Week; Champions League Group Stages Tonight

: 09/18/2018 - 17:25

Research commissioned by the GAA and the Gaelic Players Association shows that players' senior inter-county commitments can take up up to 31 hours of their week.  

The Economic and Social Reseach Institute's report - based on interviews and workshops with 1,037 players - examines how the demands of playing inter-county affects players' personal and professional lives, and their club involvement.

The report, which is call Playing Senior Inter-county Gaelic Games: Experiences, Realities and Consequences, finds that players got less sleep, had a higher injury rate, and have poorer mental health than the general population.

The Report also says that players maintain that too much effort is demanded of them and that time away from family and friends was a downside of playing at inter-county level.

On a sports-conditioning training day the average time spent varied between 4.4 hours and and 5.4 hours. 

Players managed to maintain their professional commitments with their inter-county career, but only by sleeping less and devoting less time to personal relationships and general downtime.  

40% of players had no time off from Gaelic games during 2016. 

Getting to spend less time with their family, partner and friends was identified by 77% of players as the main downside of playing inter-county. 

The benefits they identified from playing included the opportunities to build leadership skills, self-confidence and professional connections.

 

Limerick will begin the defence of their All Ireland Hurling title against Cork.

The fixtures for the 2019 Munster Round Robin Series have been announced.

The Rebels will start their bid for a third successive Provincial crown at home to Tipperary on the 12th May.

Clare and Waterford will meet over the same weekend.

 

Eadestown and Confey will meet in the Ladies Football county senior final on Saturday at 5.30.

Last night, Eadestown beat Leixlip in the semi final by 1-9 to 1-8

 

The Group Stages of the Champions League begins tonight.

Last year's beaten finalists Liverpool host Paris Saint-Germain.

Spurs are among the first sides to kick off at the new 5.55 kick-off time.

They are away to Inter Milan.

Barcelona are also in action this evening.

The Catalan Giants entertain PSV Eindhoven.

Monaco host Atlético Madrid and Borussia Dortmund are away to Club Brugge.

 

Wes Hoolahan could make his West Brom debut this evening against Bristol City.

The former Republic of Ireland playmaker joined the Baggies this week following his release from Norwich in the summer.

Championship leaders Leeds play Preston to Elland Road.

 

Eddie Jones has re-jigged his backroom team a year out from the World Cup.

He's added former All Blacks boss John Mitchell as defence coach.

Mitchell led the All Blacks to 23 wins in 28 Tests - and was also an assistant to former England head coach Clive Woodward.

 

Today’s racing is in Galway from

4.15. No. 5 Sovereign 8/15 fav. (A. O’Brien/D. O’Brien)

4.45. No.1 Dream Walker 5/1jf

5.15. No. 8 Baby Pink 10/1 (J. O’Brien)

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