The WGPA and GPA are delighted to announce a fully funded 1-year full-time Research Masters opportunity with Galway Mayo Institute of Technology to examine the sleep quality and possible related injury incidence among inter-county GAA players (both male & female).


Background to Study

The findings of the recent ESRI Report (Kelly et al, 2018) into the demands of the inter county game have found that over half of players do not get the recommended hours of sleep per night which can compromise recovery and potentially increase risk of injury.


This study will be one of the most comprehensive pieces of research carried out by the GPA & WGPA in collaboration with GMIT across male and female playing populations who participate in Gaelic games at an elite level. It will seek to establish how players recover and prepare for training and game play in light of sleep quality, and sleep patterns and will investigate the role sleep plays in recovery and injury reduction strategies in male and female populations.


Provisional Timeline


Date Milestone
July 2019 Application process
August 2019 Candidate selected
September / October 2019 MSc candidate begins
January – February 2019 Survey assembly & distribution
March 2019 Survey return & analysis
April – May 2019 Provisional study results


How to apply

The application process is open to both GPA and WGPA members. Applications for the position must be sent to Ed Daly, Department of Sport and Exercise, GMIT ( and Dr Lisa Ryan, Department of Natural Sciences, GMIT ( and must include:


  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Transcripts of academic achievements


Minimum Requirements

A minimum of a 2.2 undergraduate degree in a science/sports science or health related discipline

For further information about this opportunity please direct all enquiries to Ed Daly (

The deadline for receipt of applications has been extended until 5pm Friday 16th August 2019