INJURY AND CONCUSSION POLICY
Sports Trainers/First Aid Officers
All instruction & Directions relating to Injury of any nature requiring medical assistance by Trainers/First Aid officers either during Training sessions or Match days will be adhered by all Players, Parents & Coaches.
*As these Trainers/First Aid officers have the best interest of the player at hand & are qualified as either Level 1 or 2 Sports Trainers or Qualified in *Must include assessed competencies HLTFA301B (Apply First Aid) or HLTFA201 (Provide Emergency Life Support) (As per AFLQ- Sports Trainers in Community Australian Football Policy)
All return to play/training with any injuries requiring medical assistance from the Sports Trainers/First Aid Officers (where they will deem necessary) will be accompanied by a Medical Clearance from GP, Medical Doctor or Physiotherapist.
A record of the injury will be recorded and actions taken by Trainers/First Aid Officers and will be at the direction of the Trainers/First Aid
Concussion Recognition & Management Guidelines for All PLAYERS
In considering the best practice management of concussion in Junior AFL, the critical
Element remains the welfare of the player, both in the short and long term.
* If a player with concussion returns to training/Matches whilst still symptomatic, there is an increased risk of further injury. Therefore, no player who has concussion, or is suspected of having concussion, will be allowed to return to AFL (training or playing) until cleared by a doctor In writing. This policy is developed by AFLQ and Adopted by Redland Sharks J.A.F.C- The Management of Concussion in Australian Football with specific provision for children 5-17 years.
The key components of management of concussion include:
- Any player who has suffered a concussion or is suspected of having a concussion must be medically assessed as soon as possible after the injury and must not be allowed to return to play in the same game or train in the same practice session.
- There should be a trained first aider (trainer with current first aid qualifications) at every game and the principles of first aid, including management of the cervical spine, should be used when dealing with any player who is unconscious or injured.
- A concussed player must not be allowed to return to school or return to training or playing before having a formal medical clearance in writing.
For children (players aged 5-17). This is a new aspect of the 2013 guidelines.
- The child is not to return to play or sport until they have successfully returned to school/learning, without worsening of symptoms. Symptom assessment in the child often requires the addition of parent and/or teacher input.
- It is reasonable for a child to miss a day or two of school after concussion, but extended absence is uncommon.