Managing Head Injuries

Introduction

Over the past few years, the YJFL has invested heavily in ensuring our game is safer, and that includes introducing qualified medics at many YJFL game, engaging with independent experts and conducting research studies. One of the main focuses has been head injuries and concussion.

 

About the YJFL’s Concussion Protocol

The YJFL Injury Protocol for 2022 will be as follows:

  • Club trainers to follow AFL protocols and use the HeadCheck App which is also available free for parents and others.
  • Colbrow Medics will be allocated to a selection of YJFL venues and costs will be covered by the YJFL.
  • The Colbrow Medic will complete a report on every injury they are made aware of at the venue, and these reports will be made available to the YJFL by 9am on the Monday morning following each round.
  • When the injury is a head knock, they will also complete a Concussion Management Tool Form which will also be made available to the YJFL.
  • The YJFL will make a phone call to the parents select injured players in the week following the match to follow up on the injury.
  • Parents and players should seek professional medical advice to determine the appropriate time to return to play.
  • The AFL’s ‘Management of Sport-Related Concussion in Australian Football’ for community football policy states that players are required to not resume training or playing for 12 days after a head injury has been sustained and a concussion diagnosed. It also states that any concussed player must not be allowed to return to competitive contact sport (including full contact training sessions) clearance before having a medical clearance.

 

AFL Community Concussion Guidelines

Concussion Management Information

Suggested Medical Clearance Form

News Release

 

Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers Document

You may have many questions about concussions, head injuries, and what the YJFL is doing, this document answers many questions from Associate Professor Alan Pearce.

 

AFL HeadCheck App

 

Colbrow Medics

Colbrow Medics will institute and monitor the implementation of a consistent concussion treatment regime.

The Colbrow Medic at a match where a head injury occurs will liaise with the Team Manager or Trainer of the team concerned to obtain information about how it occurred, and include it in their injury report. The Colbrow Medics will then conduct a specific report on Concussions/Head injuries in which the YJFL will follow up the week following the match. If the report is incomplete, this can be further clarified when the YJFL makes the follow-up phone calls.

Further Information

For further information please contact the YJFL at admin@yarrajfl.org.au or phone 9850 6615