My name is Emma Walshe. As part of my Masters degree in Health Promotion and Public Health which I am undertaking at the University of Ulster, Jordanstown, I am conducting a study under the supervision of Dr Briege Lagan that explores the knowledge and attitudes among players and support personnel within the GAA in relation to performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and using automated external defibrillators (AEDs).
We believe the study will contribute to a better understanding of how the performance / initiation of CPR and use of AEDs can be improved; and through dissemination of the results also help raise further awareness of sudden cardiac arrest within the sporting field.
We are aware that the Cormac Trust has been actively involved in providing AEDs for sports clubs and in training people in CPR and the use of defibrillators and we feel that this research is relevant to the ethos of the Trust.
The study is being conducted via the Internet and any individual aged 18 or over who is actively involved in his/her local club throughout Ireland is invited to take part in completing an online questionnaire. To encourage as wide a degree of participation as possible we hope to post the link to the survey on GAA websites.
In order to ensure the maximum possible participation in the survey we would appreciate if you would consider posting a link to the questionnaire on your webpage:
If you would like any further information about the study please do not hesitate to contact myself or Briege using any of the details listed below.
Miss Emma Walshe
MSc Student in Health Promotion and Public Health
University of Ulster