MOUTHGUARDS & EYEWEAR/GLASSES


MOUTHGUARDS

A reminder again to ALL players that it is now mandatory for ALL players to wear mouthguards. Players who do not wear their mouthguard will be asked to go to the sideline to get the mouthguard and to wear it. Play will continue and the player will not be able to come back on to the field of play until the referee directs her. Valuable time out when your team will be down to 14 players. If the player does not have a mouthguard, she will not be allowed to play the remainder of the game.

  1. All underage players must wear a mouth guard while playing Ladies Gaelic Football unless advised otherwise, in writing, not to do so, by a qualified Doctor or Dentist. This rule will apply for ALL players from 1st January 2017.

 

EYEWEAR/GLASSES

Please see below the Rule governing corrective eyewear and also information from the Injury Fund below

  1. Any player who requires corrective eyewear and wants to wear glasses to participate in Ladies Gaelic Football must wear glasses that use durable, unbreakable polycarbonate for the lens and have durable unbreakable frames as advised by an optometrist to play gaelic games.

AND from the Injury Fund information on ladiesgaelic.ie

  • Wearing Glasses/facemask/noseguards playing Ladies Gaelic Football: It’s important to remember that just because you wear glasses, it doesn’t mean you can’t participate in Sport. It is entirely possible to manage vision problems and still enjoy a fulfilling physical life. For the most part, you should not wear glasses when participating on contact sports.  There are too many opportunities for the glasses to come off and / or to break. Any person who requires corrective eyewear to participate in Ladies Gaelic Football should consult with their optometrist and review options to ensure safe participation. One of the main things is to ensure you tell your optometrist of your plans to play Ladies Gaelic Football.  He/ She will be able to fit you with glasses that use durable, unbreakable polycarbonate for the lens.  That means that even if you do accidentally knock the glasses off or get hit with a ball they are much less likely to incur damage. The frame is very important to consider also.  Normal prescription glasses are made for daily wear and are suited best to low activity levels.  Normal frames are also chosen for how they look and not how they perform under impact.  For this reason you will also need to ensure your frames for sports glasses are as durable as the lenses. It is entirely possible to wear prescription glasses during physical activity.  However it is very important that you speak to your optometrist about finding the best solution for you, so you can carry on playing the sport you love.

Once the protective equipment is medically prescribed with the doctor aware that it will be worn to play Ladies Gaelic Football and not pose a hazard to other players there is no issue with the wearing of same from the LGFA Injury Fund  point of view.

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