Proper medical care needs to be available at Ladies games

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27 September 2009; Cork's Amy O'Shea is taken away on a stretcher during the second half. TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Championship Final, Cork v Dublin, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***

Former Donegal captain Nadine Doherty believes that ambulances should be available at inter-county games in the Ladies Football, just like for their male counterparts.

Although there has been many positive changes in Ladies Football, this is something that the association has fallen down on. Speaking on this week’s Sportsgirls Podcast Doherty said: “We are still a long way off having an ambulance there at every league match. There still is imparity there. You hope that something bad doesn’t happen someday. There are a few incidents that come to mind.”

Doherty knows it would be impossible to make ambulances compulsory at all games but at least for inter-county games: “Say outside of club games because I’d say men’s and women’s they are both as bad as each other at times. I think when it comes to the National League or championship there should be Civil Defence ambulance or something there, at some games.”

The Donegal woman hopes Congress can make this worthwhile change: “It’s something that Congress should look at down the line because you really don’t want a serious incident and you don’t want somebody who is playing a match like Aishling (Sheridan) feel the need to have to attend to someone from her own team or somebody else’s team.”

Cavan footballer Aishling Sheridan was this week’s guest on the podcast and she spoke of her experiences when there wasn’t proper medical care available. One incident involved her sister Mona who broke her leg training with Cavan: “When Mona went down in training just before the league we had no physio at training. Fair enough she was my sister so I was going to be worried. We had a nurse on the team as well.”

She went on to add: “The whole thing about not having a physio there it was me and the nurse had to manage the situation even though we were supposed to be training the night before a league final.”