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Donegal GAA Health & Wellbeing Conference / Infomation Evening Apr 15th

By Sinéad Breen Donegal PRO Thu 2nd Apr

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Many leading health experts nationally and locally are contributing to the first ever Donegal GAA Health & Wellbeing conference on April 15th from 7.00pm (registration from 6.00pm) in Jackson’s Hotel Ballybofey.
This free event is aimed at supporting / educating and invigorating all those GAA volunteers who are driving this important work within the Association. It should be of particular benefit to players, coaches, managers, referees and club officers across all our disciplines of Gaelic Football, Hurling, Ladies Football, Camogie, Handball and Rounders. However, the variety of practical advice and information will be of benefit to those involved with clubs in any capacity and indeed any sport who are interested in learning more about Health and Wellbeing
Especially welcome are the new Club Health and Wellbeing Officers.
There is a great mix of topics from a general overview of Health and Wellbeing in the GAA to mental health, cardiac screening and concussion, diet and nutrition and the benefits of exercise in preventing the ‘early onset cardiac disease’ and the effects of drugs and alcohol on playing, training and recovery.
Among those presenting will be Ciaran Mc Laughlin (former Tyrone County Chairman) who is Chair of the National Health and Wellbeing Committee and will give a brief presentation on how the GAA identified Health and Wellbeing as something that they should adopt.
Colin Regan the Community & Health Manager in Croke Park will give an overview of Health and Wellbeing within the GAA.
Dr. Charlie McManus the Donegal Team Doctor from 2010 to 2014 will focus on Cardiac Screening and Concussion.
Ronan Doherty and Maria Faulkner, both lecturers in Letterkenny Institute of Technology will present on ‘Nutrition in Sport’ and ‘Physiology and Training’. They will include a ‘case study’ on Donegal Senior player Karl Lacey who will be present to discuss his day to day routine. Karl recently completed his Masters in Sports Performance at the University of Limerick.
Professor Niall Moyna School of Health and Human Performance DCU will reflect on his recent research on the benefits of exercise in the prevention of ‘early onset cardiac disease’ and the effects of drugs and alcohol on training playing and recovery.
A number of our county players will be in attendance including Ryan McHugh who is our Road Safety Ambassador, Michael Murphy, the Iconic Donegal All Ireland Winning Captain, Joe Boyle, Donegal Senior Hurling Captain and Katy Herron, Donegal Ladies Football Captain.
The event will also showcase many of the supports that are available in the community, including the Samaritans, Aware, Console, HSE Mental Health Services, Drug and Alcohol Misuse Services, SafeTalk / Assist, Mental Health Ireland, Jigsaw, Donegal Mind Wellness, Road Safety Authority, Pieta House, Darkness into Light, Social Proscribing and Donegal Community Library, Solas and Farm Safety.
For further information please contact Marian McNulty or or 086-8506405

By Sinéad Breen Donegal PRO Thu 2nd Apr

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