Research that is to be carried out by Dublin City University could lead to new regulations around hurleys and sliotars.
The University has opened a full-funded PHD position, which aims to get a comprehensive understanding of the mechanical properties in the hurling and sliotar combination.
Testing will be carried out through a robotic system which will be developed to match the human body and will test hurley to sliotar impact.
According to DCU, this will "provide performance characteristics, required hurley specifications and pave the way for the development of hurley standards. "
The position has opened with the Advanced Metallic Systems Centre for Doctoral Training and is accepting applicants to begin studying in September 2023.
The aim of this project is to develop "new characterisation systems" for the hurley and sliotar.
The sport made headlines this week after RTÉ News reported that a 15-year-old camogie player who was left with a scar on her leg after being struck by an "untaped" hurley was awarded almost €40,000 damages.
There had been a metal band on the hurley, which was not taped. The girl – who was 11 years old at the time – suffered a laceration on her leg following the impact.
The child had seven stitches as a result of the incident and was not in school for a week.