The Newry-based company behind the 'Player Proximity' white paper that provided detail of contact between Premier League players ahead of a return to training this week hopes to be soon in a position to provide similar information to its GAA clients.

According to the Irish Independent Statsports, which numbers All-Ireland football and hurling champions Dublin and Tipperary among the counties they provide GPS software to, enabling them to track player movement and output, were able to establish from training data in the lead-up to suspension of activity in March how many average contacts there were in practice sessions and how long they lasted.

 

By creating two-metre zones around players they were monitoring they could gauge the number of 'incursions' made by other players into those circles and time them, establishing that the average 'incursion' was 3.3 seconds, less than what the perception around it would have been.

 

The research was led by former Cavan senior footballer Barry Watters, a graduate of DCU who is now head of sports science with Statsports. Watters said the company have been in contact with some GAA teams they work with in an effort to build a contact picture.

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