A new survey has shown inter-county GAA players may be six times more likely to develop arthritis at a younger age than the rest of the population.
Over 260 players in the recent football and hurling championship campaigns took part in the survey.
The study found 65% of players were suffering regular pain and stiffness compared to rates of around 10% among the general population.
The discomfort was found to be worse after training and 52% said it made their lives uncomfortable.
The survey was conducted by Consultant Rheumatologist, Dr Doug Veale, and sponsored by the makers of Panadol.
Dr Veale has said the survey showed there is an arthritis issue to be addressed at the top levels of the GAA.