Mouthguards & Hurling Helmets.

Since January 1st 2013, it has been mandatory for players in Grades up to and including Minor to use a mouthguard in all Football Games and Practice Football Sessions. (Riail 4.3, T.O. Part 2, 2012).  From January 1st 2014, it will be mandatory for all players to use a mouthguard.
Gaelic footballers in all age grades must wear a mouthguard from January 1st 2014.
A properly fitted mouthguard is the best available protective device for reducing the incidence and severity of sports-related dental injuries
Players can be sent-off in a game for not wearing a mouthguard
Players will not be covered under the GAA player injury scheme if they don’t comply with the mouthguard rule.

In addition players should note important rule regarding Hurling Helmets as follows:

“ In all Hurling Games and Hurling Practice Sessions it shall be mandatory for, and the responsibility of, each individual player to wear a helmet with a facial guard that meets the standard set out in IS:355 or other replacement standard as determined by the National Safety Authority of Ireland (NSAI). Such helmets shall not be modified from their original manufactured state in any circumstances”.