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GAA: Sean helps focus on cardiac awareness

By John Campbell

Tyrone All-Ireland winner Sean Cavanagh has found himself in a variety of roles both on and off the pitch in a GAA context over recent years.

But right now he is fulfilling an extra-special mission.

The 24-year-old Moy clubman is the Ulster Council's representative as a patron for CRY (Cardiac Risk in Young People).

The Council's formal link with CRY was launched at the University of Ulster Sports Clinic and it is expected that this will help to focus even more attention on the cardiac dangers which young people in sport face.

Eighteen months ago CRY representatives attended an Ulster Council seminar in Armagh to when they did a special presentation to county medical staff and team mentors from across the province.

The presentation raised awareness among the delegates and subsequently the GAA in Ulster was instrumental in directing CRY to establish a formal relationship through the Sports Institute with the University of Ulster Jordanstown Sports Clinic.

GAA players within the Sports Institute were the first players to be tested and since this, several individuals and teams have undertaken the cardiac screening.

The CRY launch was attended by Danny Murphy the Ulster Secretary, Paraic Duffy the GAA's National Player Welfare Manager and Dr Eugene Young Director of Coaching and Games.

"We look forward to availing of the excellent services provided by the University of Ulster Clinic," said Danny Murphy.

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