Sports Trainers

Injury management can make a significant difference to the outcome of a football team. Maintaining a healthy squad improves your chances of success.  Preparation to avoid injuries is as important as managing injuries when they occur. 

The following help topics were taken from the AFL's website and are relevant to all grades of Football:

Concussion: Coaches have a duty of care when players receive a knock to the head so learn how to identify and manage concussive injuries.

Upper Limb Injuries: There are a range of upper limb injuries that a prone to occur in Australian Football.  Trainers need to understand what each injury means, how a player will present for each type of injury and the best way to manage the injury following the event.

Head and Neck Injuries: The most important principle in managing a player who has received a forceful contact to the head is that until it can be cleared the trainer should always assume that the player’s neck may have been injured.

Stretchers and Cervical Collars: Following recent discussion about the management of a player with concussion or a neck injury, we have had some enquiries regarding the recommended type of stretcher and neck brace for clubs to have at their disposal on match day.

Helmets & Mouthguards: The AFL has released a position statement on the role of helmets and mouthguards in Australian Football.

Soft Tissue Injuries: The ins and outs of soft tissue injuries and an explanation of the immediate injury management technique, RICER.

Hamstring Strains: A guide to the three grades of hamstring injuries, how to manage them when they first happen and diagnosis and treatment.

Mental Impact of Injuries: This extract of Dr Mandy Ruddock-Hudson’s PhD dissertation undertaken at LaTrobe University explores the research into the emotional and behavioural response of players to injuries

First Aid Kits: Lists the contents of a well stocked first aid kit for community football.

Screening Young Players: Find out about the musculoskeletal (MSK) screening program that identifies risk factors for injury in junior and senior football players.

Growth Related Injuries in Juniors: Practical overview of the reasons and types of injuries suffered by juniors playing sport.