GPA Balance 2020 Online - Player Welfare Conference


Balance 2020 Online

“Creating an optimum training and playing environment for players”

This year due to Covid-19 restrictions “Balance 2020” is moving to a digital conference.  This year’s theme will focus on creating an optimum training and playing environment for players. The online conference will host expert national and international speakers who will present on best practice from both academic and field-based perspective, on the holistic approach of preparing athletes to perform at optimum level.

It will provide GAA sporting practitioners an opportunity to hear from leading sports professionals discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and elite best practice techniques in the field of coaching, Athlete wellbeing, Strength and Conditioning, sports medicine. 


Managers, coaches, Strength and Conditioning coaches, sports scientists, and medical staff play a pivotal role in ensuring players are provided with an optimum environment to support their development while protecting their welfare. There is a collective responsibility to ensure that the players welfare, both physical and mental, is a constant focus and the foundation for the way in which we coach, train and treat our players.

The evolution of the IC games has been accelerating over the last number of years and with it the load and commitment being placed on players. Although the demands on players are increasing, their physical and psychological capacity has natural limits.

But no stakeholder can resolve this issue alone. It will require a cooperative holistic approach in which each GAA stakeholder must contribute to creating a safer and better playing environment.  

The primary goal of the GPA Balance 2020 Online Conference is to bring together multidisciplinary sporting professionals within the GAA to discuss how we can work as a collective to create an optimum training and playing environment, that not only helps players thrive within their sport, but also supports them in leading a more balanced lifestyle as a dual athlete. 

This years panel of speakers include:
  • Jessie Barr, Sports and Performance Psychologist, Sport Ireland Institute
  • Ferghal Kerin, Rehabilitation Specialist, Leinster Rugby
  • Prof. Damian Hughes, Sports and Performance Psychologist, The Liquid Thinker
  • Cairbre O’Caireallain, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Tipperary GAA
  • Brendan Shwab, Executive Director, World Players Association
  • Conor O’Shea, Director of Performance, RFU

This event is being hosted by the GPA's Player Safety and Welfare Committee

  • Dr. Jim O'Donovan (Chairman) Sports and Exercise Medicine Consultant
  • Dr. Ciaran McDonald Doctor
  • Enda King Head of Rehabilitation Sports Surgery Clinic
  • James Sherry Physiotherapist
  • David Breen First team Physiotherapist Wasps Rugby
  • Dr. Brendan Egan Associate Professor of Sport and Exercise Physiology DCU
  • Walter Palmer Former General Secretary EU Athletes

For more information or if you have any queries relating to this event, please contact:
Colm Begley
[email protected]
+353 (087) 446604

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