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 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.
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 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.
Football NSW provides injury insurance for registered players.
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.