Ongoing research in the area of Concussion In Sport increasingly highlights possible problems that can occur from even a slight blow to the head, with a worst case scenario being an onset of adverse immediate or long term health and welfare issues. The oft used phrase, “Duty of Care”, can be enacted through simply applying a cautious approach to expectations about players continuing their immediate participation, in circumstances where a head knock occurs and the player is clearly affected by that blow.
Stakeholders should NOT be relying upon FFNC to release a specific Policy document to stipulate precise terms that will ensure a response to an injury that outlines how every situation should be managed. We simply offer the sentiment about a player who is (or has recently been) injured;
“If In Doubt, Sit Them Out”
This concept should apply to “any” injury, however responding to the needs of a player with a head (or neck) injury is a particular matter.
For further useful information, links are provided below;
The Football Federation Australia Concussion Guidelines can be found here
The Federal Government has compiled information regarding Concussion In Sport, which can be found by clicking here
Northern NSW Football provides a very useful Pocket Concussion Recognition Tool, which can be found here
There is also a report compiled by the Australian Medical Association (AMA) and the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) with the results of their long-running project to produce resources. To view this report, click here