Our club policy regarding Football and Hurling player injuries and best practice in the event of a player injury occurring is outlined below.
Our policy ensures that:
- All members are treated equally and fairly in the event that an injury occurs.
- Ensure that our Club makes best use of compensation schemes outside of club finances. This includes the GAA Injury Benefit Fund and players private health insurance.
- To endeavor to prevent players incurring unrecoverable excessive expense following injury.
- Injured players can make a timely recovery without delay.
Our Club player injury policy
- Every player needs to be a fully paid up registered member of the Club to avail of the G.A.A. Injury Scheme. Closing date for Adult player membership is January 31st and for everyone else including juvenile players is March 31st.
- ALL INJURIES requiring medical treatment require a completed Player Injury Report form to be completed - CLICK HERE
- If a player gets injured at a match, team managers need to ensure that the referee is informed of the injury after the match and that the referee is advised to note this in his report. Team managers should report the injury to your team physio, Club Secretary and the Club Player Injury officer as soon as possible after the game.
- If a player gets injured at training, he needs to inform the team management during or after the training session that he got injured. If a player needs to attend a doctor or hospital they need to ensure that a Medical Certification Form is completed by the attending doctor or hospital. Team managers please report the injury to your team physio, Club Secretary and Club Player Injury officer as soon as possible after the training session.
- The Club Player Injury Officer will register the injury claim online in the DWF Claims portal – this claim needs to be submitted within 60 days of the injury for payments to be processed over the following 2 year period. A player injury report form must be completed
either online - click here or
in written format - download here, complete and give to the Club sercretary.
- While visiting a doctor/hospital or A&E the player needs to ensure that the DWF Medical Certification Form is signed by the doctor or hospital. To facilitate this, the claim form needs to be filled in by the attending doctor/hospital as soon as possible after the injury is sustained. The form can be downloaded here - Medical Certification Form
GAA Injury Benefit Fund
The GAA Injury Benefit Fund is not insurance. The Injury Fund is a benefit cover funded entirely from Club and Central Council contributions. The Injury Benefit Fund is not an Insurance Scheme and is therefore not regulated by the Central Bank.
The Fund provides cover for registered member participating in an Official Fixture or Official supervised training session as part of a team registered with the fund. DWF Claims are the appointed Administrators of the fund and they administer the fund on behalf of the GAA.
There is no legal obligation on the GAA to provide an Injury Fund. Risk is an inherent factor in sport, as in life. When members voluntarily take part in Club activities they accept the risks that such participation may bring.
The Injury Fund does not seek to fully compensate but to supplement other covers such as Private Health Insurance, National Health Insurance, Personal Accident Cover, Employment benefit covers, Income Payment protection covers etc.
We strongly recommend that all our Senior & Minor players have their own Private Health Insurance policy.
Relevant Forms & Links
Player Injury Report Form
Club Player Injury Policy
GAA website - https://www.gaa.ie/my-gaa/administrators/gaa-injury-benefit-fund
DWF Claims Medical Certification
DWF Claims Player Club Declaration