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Numbers game: Marty Loughran (above, left) with triathlete Brian Keane in Japan

Numbers game: Marty Loughran (above, left) with triathlete Brian Keane in Japan

A graphic showing how Bundesliga injuries have increased

A graphic showing how Bundesliga injuries have increased

Numbers game: Marty Loughran (above, left) with triathlete Brian Keane in Japan

A leading international sports physiotherapist has expressed his grave concerns with the impending injury crisis facing thousands of club players once Gaelic games resume next month.

Marty Loughran, who worked with Team Ireland at the Rio Olympics in 2016 as well as Triathlon Ireland at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, has produced a free e-booklet entitled 'Return to Sport Following Lockdown' along with his wife Julie, in which he outlines his concerns around players going straight into a busy programme of games with very little lead-in time.

Such an approach, with county boards apparently not taking on the views of medical professionals and with the GAA's significant coaching staff not providing guidance to players during lockdown, has left Loughran frustrated.