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Welcome to the Health and Well-being section of the Camogie Association website.

The World Health Organisation define health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. The Well-being Institute at the University of Cambridge refers to well-being as “the positive and sustainable characteristics which enable individuals and organisations to thrive and flourish”. It is clear from these definitions that both health and well-being are interlinked, and it is appropriate to treat them as such.

There is strong evidence to support the multiple benefits of sport and physical activity. The Camogie Association recognises the great contribution it can make to enhance the health and well-being of our members. Physical activity has been proven to promote healthy growth and development in children and young people. It contributes to cognitive function. It is important for healthy ageing and helps to maintain quality of life and independence when we grow older. It is also a preventative factor for many diseases.

Player Welfare Booklet

The Camogie Association Player Welfare Booklet  includes information on the Camogie Association injury prevention programme based on the GAA Activate Warm-up. It also includes information on the Camogie Early, Rapid and Mature Movers age appropriate movement programmes.

The Player Welfare Booklet can be viewed HERE

Health and Well-being Resources

Below is a list of useful links to Health and Well-being resources on the island of Ireland.

5 Ways to Well-being

Republic of Ireland Contacts

1) General Health and Well-being
GAA Community and Health
Information on Gambling, Alcohol and Drug Education (GAA’s Substance Use Policy (including a sample policy document for clubs)), Mental Fitness, Healthy Eating (Recipes for Success) and Physical Activity.

SpunOut
SpunOut.ie is Ireland’s youth information website created by young people, for young people.

2) Mental Health
Jigsaw
The National Centre for Youth Mental Health. Jigsaw aim to ensure that no young person feels alone, isolated and disconnected from others around them.
Tel: 01 472 7010

Crisis Text Line Ireland
Crisis Text Line is a free, 24/7, confidential messaging service for people in crisis.
Text TALK to 086 1800 280

ISPCC
The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children is Ireland’s national child protection charity.
Tel: 01 6767 960

3) Body Image
Bodywhys
The Eating Disorders Association of Ireland.
Tel: 01 210 7906

4) LGBT 
BeLong To
BeLonG To Youth Services is the national organisation supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI+) young people in Ireland.
Tel: 01 670 6223

Northern Ireland Contacts

1) Mental Health
Samaritans
Official mental health partner and support service for the GAA. 24 hour support for anyone who needs to talk to someone, about anything.
Tel: 0044 8457 909090

2) Body Image
Eating Disorders Association
Offering advice for people affected by eating disorders.
Tel: 0044 28 90235959

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