Any player who suffers a serious blow to the head, loses consciousness or shows signs of concussion (such as vacant stare, incoherent or slurred speech, lack of coordination, disorientation) SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE PLAYING IN THE GAME.
After a head injury:
For more information refer to the FFA Concussion Guidelines.
If a spinal injury, neck injury, broken bones or other major injury are suspected:
Seaforth FC offers free CPR training delivered by accredited trainers to a limited number of our coaches. Watch our website for details.
On weekends, at all Seaforth FC grounds (Seaforth Oval, Tania Park and Manly West Quirk Rd) and at many other grounds in the MWFA, a life-saving defibrillator device (also known as an AED) is placed out by one of the fields and is freely accessible.
Defibrillators save lives in heart attacks. Having one available to use within the first 5 minutes can massively improve the chances of saving a life.
IF AN EMERGENCY HAPPENS AND YOU NEED THE DEVICE THEN JUST GO AND GET IT – YOU DON’T NEED TO ASK ANYONE FOR APPROVAL TO TAKE IT.
THEY ARE DESIGNED TO BE USED BY ANYONE – YOU DON’T NEED TO HAVE HAD ANY SPECIAL FIRST AID TRAINING TO USE IT – JUST TURN IT ON AND IT WILL TELL YOU WHAT TO DO.
At Seaforth Oval there is a comprehensive first aid kit in the canteen for use with more serious injuries.
All teams should take ice to matches to treat bruises and sprains.
A limited number of small bags of ice are available from the canteen to treat players who have been injured.
Football NSW provides injury insurance for registered players – the premium is included in the annual registration fee. The insurance provides limited cover only and please note that this insurance will not cover the cost of the Medicare Gap.
The insurance is provided by FNSW using the company Gow Gates. All information about the insurance, including definitions of exactly what is covered, can be found on the FNSW website under Players / Resources / Insurance.