Click Hurling Helmet Advice Info for GAA Guidelines on Hurling Helmets
The GAA reminds all players at all levels in all Hurling Games and Hurling Practice Sessions it is mandatory, and the responsibility of each individual player to wear a helmet with a facial guard that meets the standards set out in IS:355 or other replacement standard as determined by the National Safety Authority of Ireland (NSAI).
All players are advised that in the event of a head injury occurring, if the helmet being worn does not meet the standard or is modified or altered from the original manufactured state, they are not covered under the terms of the GAA Injury Benefit Fund. Following the introduction of the rule at underage level it was proven that mandatory helmet use reduced the number of serious facial and eye injuries by 40%. The rule was introduced across all levels in 2010.
CONSEQUENCES OF WEARING AN UNAPPROVED OR ALTERED HELMET
Players are not covered under the terms of the GAA Injury Benefit Fund for facial/eye/head injuries suffered.
Significantly increased risk of facial, dental, oral, nasal, orbital and eye injuries.
Potential injuries suffered as a result of wearing an unapproved or altered helmet can be extremely serious including long term sight complications such as impaired vision, increased risk of cataracts, glaucoma and complete loss of sight.
An altered helmet is one which has been modified in any way from the original manufactured state. Once an approved faceguard has been Changed / Replaced OR Modified (bars on the faceguard removed, shortened or manipulated in any way) the player is no longer covered under the GAA Injury Beneft Fund and also at an increased risk of injury. When changing a faceguard, the new guard may not be compatible with the helmet design and can result in a serious facial or dental injury to the owner during a collision.
It is recommended that players…
1. Only purchase a helmet with a facial guard that meets the standards set out in IS:355
2. Do not replace the faceguard or remove or manipulate the bars on the faceguard in any way.
3. Always wear their helmet when warmingup as well as during training/practice sessions and matches. A number of players have suffered injuries while warming-up without wearing a helmet and have not been able to participate in matches as a result.
The following helmet manufacturers currently provide products which meet the standards set out in IS:355 or other replacement standard as determined by the National Safety Authority of Ireland (NSAI).
- Marc Sports
- Atak Sports
Players and parents should note that not all products provided by some of these manufacturers meet the standards of IS:355.
REMEMBER: It is the player’s responsibility to wear a helmet with a facial guard that meets the standard.