Prevalence of head and facial trauma in current senior intercounty hurlers

Ir Med J. 2006 Jan;99(1):17-8.


Head and facial injury are a major cause of morbidity associated with the game of hurling. A questionnaire-based study was undertaken to survey the attitude of some of the country's top senior intercounty players towards the use of protective head and facial wear and their experience of injuries relating to the head and face. Player's experience of head and facial injury will be reported here. Forty five players completed the survey. Thirty nine players (86.7%) have received injuries to the head and face during their careers. Thirteen (33.3%) of these players received such injuries on at least 5 occasions. Twenty five players (64.1%) have received eye injuries, 14 (56%) of which were described as serious by the players. Only 6 (42.9%) of these 14 players underwent a subsequent eye examination. In conclusion, these findings underscore the necessity of both compulsory head and facial protection and less haphazard access to specialist care.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Athletic Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / epidemiology
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / etiology*
  • Eye Injuries / epidemiology
  • Eye Injuries / etiology
  • Facial Injuries / epidemiology
  • Facial Injuries / etiology
  • Humans
  • Ireland / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires