Injury Prevention

Friday, July 11, 2014

Are your star players continually missing games through injury and are your finals chances fading as a result?

The mid-season injury curse is often attributed to luck but there are proven steps you can take to prevent injuries at your club.

Have trained personnel treat any injuries

It is important to ensure your club has qualified sports trainers or first aiders present for each match and training session. Getting good advice about injuries and knowing when to refer players to specialists can have a huge impact on number of games missed by your players.

To ensure your sports trainers and first aiders have the right skills and qualifications contact your relevant state body or Sports Medicine Australia to find out more about upcoming course options.

Ensure all coaches are qualified 

Appointing coaches with accreditation is now common place at most football clubs which delivers many benefits. By completing a Level 1 coaching course, coaches undertake a mandatory injury prevention module which helps them understand their important role in minimising the injuries at their club.

Ensure all participants are ‘Fit to Play’. 

Do all players at your club do the right thing when injured? Do they undertake their injury rehabilitation following best practise?  When suffering an injury during a match, do they go off the field for diagnosis and appropriate treatment?

And importantly, do they remain off the field when advised to do so, i.e. serious injury, suspected concussion?

The answers to these very important questions can often be directly correlated to the size of your club’s injury list and the subsequent impact on club on field performance. In simple terms: injury prevention equals better performance.

It is crucial to consider participants’ current and previous injury status as well as their foundation strength before deciding the best course of, and time-frame, for rehabilitation.

The AFL FootyFirst program provides a number of exercises to build strength and can help prevent leg injuries in Australian football.

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