Why is this tolerated? Sport should not damage health of its players

Is playing inter-county football and hurling bad for your mental health? It seemed to be in 2016 when a study published in a medical journal found that 48 per cent of top GAA players suffered from anxiety or depression.

n ESRI survey published two years later suggested the problem wasn’t quite that bad. But it did find a significantly lower level of mental wellbeing among inter-county players compared to their peers in the 18-34 age bracket.


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