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 BE IMMEDIATELY REMOVED FROM PLAY AND SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE PLAYING IN THE GAME.
After a head injury:
For more information refer to the FFA National Concussion Guidelines.
If a spinal injury, neck injury, broken bones or other major injury are suspected OR if a player is suffering pins and needles or loss of feeling in arms or legs:
In addition to the usual good hygiene practices that should always be applied for injury management the practices listed below should also be followed. They are taken from the FNSW Responding to Football Injuries During COVID-19 guidelines.
Click HERE to read the full guidelines.
You can find defibrillators (AEDs) at Seaforth Oval (at matches) and Tania Park (24×7).
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 OPEN IT UP AND IT WILL TELL YOU WHAT TO DO.
At Seaforth Oval there are comprehensive first aid kits in the canteen and the gear room 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.
The player injury insurance that’s provided through your registration only applies if you are playing on fields that have been officially allocated by our club or by the MWFA AND only if you are training or playing an official match.
If you are training with friends or training away from your allocated training ground or playing a match that has not been sanctioned by the MWFA then your player injury insurance is void and you will not be covered for injury.
This includes pre-season training. During pre-season, if you have not been allocated a field, even if it is one of Seaforth FCs regular training or playing fields, then you are not covered by insurance.
Football NSW provides personal injury insurance for registered players. The insurance is provided by FNSW using the company Gow Gates.
Gow Gates has a dedicated portal for FNSW insurance HERE. It includes information about what is covered and how to submit a claim.
Note that claims related to COVID are excluded under the policy.
As of 2023 members who are employed on a full-time basis can also purchase “Top Up” cover to provide additional Loss of Income benefit. See more details about this HERE.
To lodge an injury claim online go to the Gow Gates FNSW insurance portal HERE.
Please note, one part of the claim is a Club Declaration which must be completed by the club. When you send us that section (to firstname.lastname@example.org), please make sure that you also send us details of what the injury was and when it occurred (eg. match details). Otherwise this will delay the process.