Over the past few years, the YJFL in alignment with the AFL 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.
Process for 2023 Season
- Colbrow Medics will be allocated to a selection of YJFL venues and costs will be covered by the YJFL.
- The Colbrow Medic at a match where a suspected 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 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.
- Glen Iris will forward the Colbrow medic reports to the parent/carer of the player as well as the Team Manager and Trainer.
- Parents and players should seek professional medical advice to determine the appropriate time to return to play.
- If it is confirmed the player has symptoms of concussion players are required to not resume training or playing for 12 days after a head injury has been sustained and a concussion diagnosed.
- Any concussed player must not be allowed to return to competitive contact sport (including full contact training sessions) clearance before having a medical clearance.
Club trainers to follow AFL protocols and use the HeadCheck App which is also available free for parents and others.
AFL Community Concussion Guidelines
The following material provides detailed background about the AFL’s methodical, proactive and medically-driven approach to concussion and its possible implications for people who play our game: