AFL Training Drills: Common Types of AFL Injuries and How to Prevent Them (Part 2)
Posted on 15/12/2020

In Part 1 of this article, common types of AFL injuries were presented, such as hamstring strains and shoulder (ACL) joint injuries. In Part 2, the discussion will focus on exercises and activities that can prevent or minimise injuries. These exercises and activities include proper AFL running drills and AFL training drills in online training programs.

Good Preparation is Important Even Before Playing

Always undertake training sessions and warm-ups before any game to ensure readiness to play. Off-season and pre-season training are also vital to improve balance, agility, stamina, flexibility, and strength. However, be careful about overtraining as this can also cause injury. Before playing competitively, be sure to learn, practice, and use correct skills and techniques. 

Pre-game Safety

  • Do a complete warm-up regimen before practice and before a game such as stretching, jogging, and running exercises. These can be done with or without a football.

  • Eat a balanced and nutritional diet.

  • Drink water before and after training or a game.

  • Always seek professional advice for the most appropriate footwear for practice and playing conditions.

  • Wear sunscreen on sunny days and re-apply during breaks.

Game Safety

  • Wear a mouthguard at all times. A custom-fitted one is preferable.

  • If you can, wear ankle braces and thigh protectors during practices.

  • Avoid drinking alcohol 48 hours before a game and right after a game.

Should Any Injury Occur, No Matter How Minor

  • Players should seek prompt attention from qualified first aid or medical personnel usually assigned for practices or on the field. If you are training alone, seek prompt help from a medical facility immediately.

  • A player returning to practice or play after an injury should be decided by the proper health professional.

  • Ensure that health professionals have fully rehabilitated an injured player before returning to play after an injury. 

The importance of Warm-ups and Strength training

Injuries could be prevented or kept to a minimum if players undertook proper warm-ups before any strenuous activity as well as appropriate training. For this reason, One on One Football has created online training programs complete with detailed instructions and video demos for a total weekly regimen for up to six weeks. This includes AFL training drills and training programs for Mindfulness Movement, Running, and Strength. A warm-up instructional program comes as a bonus when you register with any of the online training programs. The training programs are also available in set packages. For more information about the training programs and what One on One Football can offer for all footy players, visit their website today at

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