• Todd Zani

Concussion Guidelines in Community Football

The AFL has recently released its updated guidelines for the management of concussion in community football

The earliest now that a player can return is on the twelfth day after the day on which the concussion was suffered and includes the player having successfully completed the phases to return to play following a concussion and receiving a medical clearance.

The guidelines prioritise player health and reflect the best-practice management of sport-related concussion as developed by leading medical professionals.

Every case is different and a player may take longer to return depending on their symptoms. The timeframe is likely to be longer in children and adolescents, where a more conservative approach is important as it is recognised that recovery from concussion tends to be slower in this group.

The guidelines also outline the process for clubs and players to follow in the initial management for head injuries including recognising a suspected concussion, removing the player from the match or training and referring the player to a medical doctor for urgent assessment.

Following the release of the updated guidelines for the management of concussion in community football, the AFL will be hosting a webinar on the topic with AFL Medical Director, Dr Peter Harcourt on Wednesday May 5.

Coaches and club officials can register here

We would highly encourage all coaches and their first aid officers to dial into the Webinar being held tomorrow at 6pm to 6:45 pm (AEST) to heare the latest guidelines and protocols for community football.

All coaches and team managers are required to have downloaded the Headcheck App on their phones and/or the Club iPad so that the tool can be used in the game, if required.

The Club will be strictly applying the new guidelines and complying with the new protocols so please make yourself familair with them at your earliest convenience.

If you have any queries in relation to the above do not hesitate to contact our Club President on president@mbjfc.com.au


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