Had a conversation here on hearing of Jackie Tyrrell’s retirement about the longevity of hurling careers v football careers. JT was 34. Tommy Walsh went at 31 [but was that just an age thing?!]
Anyway Ray Boyne did an interesting study on the distances covered in various sports a couple of years back – see http://www.joe.ie/sport/pic-fascinating-graph-reveals-the-amount-of-distance-covered-by-gaa-players-compared-to-other-sports/425023 - unfortunately it doesn’t include hurling.
Personally I would think that football is attritionally a bit tougher than hurling. I would imagine in the modern game a footballer covers a lot more ground than a hurler. The stick men don’t hand pass the sliothar the length of the pitch (thank God!) and the ball does a lot more of the work. Players too tend to stick more to their positions (though this is changing all the time!) a lot more.
So it would seem that football is a little more physically taxing to play than hurling? Anyone agree/ disagree?