Online Training Programs: Concussion Management in Australian Football (Part 1) | One on One Football
Online Training Programs: Concussion Management in Australian Football (Part 1)
Posted on 30/03/2022

Unlike the past decades of the 80s and 90s in sports, the 21st Century signalled the focus on player concussion. None more so than in Australian football. Thus, sports medicine and other health professionals put together concussion guidelines for the AFL and AFLW leagues. These guidelines are consistently updated and covered even in online training programs. Concussion guidelines are also drawn up for all levels outside professional leagues to assist community and school football leagues, clubs, coaches, trainers, and parents. Concussion guidelines are even part of mindfulness movement football training.

Background

In the short or long-term, the priority is always the welfare of the player in the management of concussions. Guidelines have been developed on scientific basis with an approach that prioritises assessment, rest, recovery, and a graded return to full participation.

It should be noted that children and adolescents take longer to recover from a concussion than adults. Because of this, children and adolescents (6-17) require a different approach to concussion management since their brains are still developing and they need to continue their learning processes in school.

What is concussion?

Concussion is any head impact that is associated with serious or even fatal brain injuries. The broad term used is “traumatic brain injury.” Unlike more severe head injuries involving structural damage, concussions fall into a milder spectrum of traumatic brain injury.

Concussion is caused by direct or indirect trauma to the brain and can injure or “stun” the nerves. This can affect the way the brain functions. This is characterised by observable signs or symptoms like lying motionless on the ground, blank or vacant look, balance, motor, or equilibrium difficulties or incoordination, headache, blurred vision, dizziness, nausea, and fatigue.

Other effects of a concussion can include reduced ability to process information or to think clearly, memory loss, and confusion. 

Concussion is occasionally associated with neck injuries. Therefore, all concussed athletes should be assumed to have a neck injury pending a medical assessment by a health professional.

Potential complications that follow concussion

  • Severe brain swelling or “second impact trauma.”

  • Prolonged symptoms (as stated above) can last up to 14 days in adults and more than 4 weeks in children and adolescents.

  • Symptoms of depression and brain function problems.

  • Problems with memory and information processing.

For children and adolescents

Children/adolescents should not return to football or other sports until they have successfully returned to schooling, are symptom-free, and are medically cleared.

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