The GPA are taking part in a study, in collaboration with the Sports Surgery Clinic, to assess the impact if hip and groin injuries in Gaelic Games at inter-county level. Previous research along with anecdotal evidence suggest that this is a growing problem in Gaelic Games especially at elite level. Analysis of the magnitude of the problem along with identifying those that are at greater risk will allow us to develop strategies to reduce the risk of this troublesome injury.
The aim of the study is to assess the prevalence of hip and groin pain in inter-county hurlers and footballers. It also aims to assess the impact of hip and groin injuries on this group through the Hip and Groin Outcome Score (HAGOS) questionnaire. This is a validated questionnaire that assesses how athletes feel hip and groin pain affects their sporting participation and day to day life. The study analysis will then try to identify those groups of players, depending on their sport, age, years playing at intercounty level, and those with previous groin pain who are at greater risk of hip and groin injury to allow the development of strategies to reduced their injury risk.
Attached to this e-mail is a consent form which you will be required to read prior to entering the study. By reading the form and entering the study you are consenting to your participation and the use of the information you provide in the study analysis. As part of the annual GPA membership online questionnaire you will then be invited to fill out some additional information regarding your previous injury history relating to hip and groin pain. In addition, you will be asked to complete the HAGOS questionnaire. This should take approximately 15 minutes. There is no preparation required for you to participate in the study and once the questionnaires are complete there will be no further requirement on your behalf. All data will be stored on a secure server and all participants will have their de-identified so that their identity will always be anonymous.
Those that have queries regarding the study, their participation in it, or their desire not to be included in the study should contact email@example.com and your queries will be addressed as soon as possible. In addition, if you wish to withdraw from the study at any time you may do so and have your data removed from the study by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.