AFL Training Drills: Concussion Management in Australian Football (Part 2) | One on One Football
AFL Training Drills: Concussion Management in Australian Football (Part 2)
Posted on 13/04/2022

This is the second part of the discussion on the guideline and protocols on Concussion Management in Australian Football. These guidelines cover not only the AFL and AFLW but also community and school level leagues, clubs, and other football programs. It also covers protocols for players injured during matches and players doing AFL training drills under an AFL coach.

 

Management guidelines for suspected concussion

How to recognise or read clues on a suspected concussion

  • Loss of consciousness or responsiveness.
  • Slow to get up or lying motionless on the ground.
  • Vomiting.
  • Seizure or convulsion.
  • Falling over, balance problems, unsteady on feet.
  • Vacant, blank, or dazed look.
  • Confusion and unawareness of surroundings.
  • Impaired memory (unable to remember anything following the injury).
  • Facial injury.

Other signs/symptoms/clues as raised by the player:

  • Headache.
  • Nausea or eventual vomiting.
  • Blurred vision.
  • Dizziness and loss of equilibrium.
  • Sensitivity to light or noise.
  • Nervousness, anxiousness, neck pain.
  • Difficulty concentrating and remembering.

 

Remove the player from the match or training

Basic rules of first aid must always be used when dealing with injured players, conscious or unconscious. If necessary, the neck should be immobilised in a cervical collar after a concussion. Removing the player from the match or training session allows the first aid provider the time to assess the player properly in a room away from distractions.

Any player even with a suspected concussion must be removed from play or training pending an assessment by a medical doctor. The doctor can be present at the venue, or the patient brought to a local general practice or hospital emergency.

Post-concussion

  • Whatever the assessment by a medical doctor, the player should be given at least 48 hours of complete physical and cognitive rest.
  • A period of symptom-limited activity to allow for a full recovery.
  • A monitored and graded loading program.
  • Clearance by a medical doctor before returning to practices and matches.

 

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