17th AFL Grand Final Symposium

29th September, 2017

Florey Institute – University of Melbourne

Kenneth Myer Building

30 Royal Parade, Parkville


“Athlete Wellbeing and Performance”

Performance improvement is critical to football at every level. Athlete wellbeing has emerged as an area where clubs can have significant impact, both in terms of on-field performance and off-field in the broader game of life.

The 2017 AFL Research Board Symposium focused on athlete wellbeing and performance, and featured the following keynote sessions:

• Andrea Farrow – Player Development Coordinator, St Kilda FC

• AFLW panel of experts, including Fremantle Coach Michelle Cowan 

• Medical panel of experts discussing ACL injury, soft tissue registry, injury prevention in women’s football and concussion awareness in community football

Developed by the AFL Research Board, together with the AFL Football Operations Department, the AFL Doctors Association, AFL Physiotherapists Association & AFL High Performance Managers Advisory Group


Part 1: Introduction (Michael Poulton)

Part 2: Transition and its relationship to wellbeing and performance (Andrea Farrow)

Part 3: Q&A Panel - Andrew Russell & Andrea Farrow

Part 4: Q&A Panel - Jennie Loughnan, Josh Vanderloo, Michelle Cowan & Aasta O'Connor

Part 5: ACL Research update (Courtney Lai)

Part 6: Injury Prevention in AFLW (Gary Nichols)

Part 7: Community Concussion - Headcheck App (Anita Petris)

Part 8: Findings from Soft Tissue Registry (Tania Pizzari)

Part 9: Awareness and knowledge of mental health risk factors (Adam Deacon)

Part 10: Understanding player identity and its relationship to wellbeing (David Williams)

Part 11: Q&A Panel - Adam Deacon & David Williams

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