Know how to respond when someone is injured

 

NEVER try and treat an injury that is beyond your level of training

Injuries

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:

  • UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD THE PLAYER BE MOVED OR CARRIED – CALL AN AMBULANCE (000)
  • A PLAYER SHOULD IMMEDIATELY SEEK MEDICAL ADVICE AND SHOULD NOT RESUME PLAYING UNTIL CLEARED BY A DOCTOR.  
  • PLAYERS WITH A SUSPECTED CONCUSSION SHOULD NOT BE LEFT ALONE AND SHOULD NOT DRIVE A MOTOR VEHICLE.  
  • THERE SHOULD BE ABSOLUTELY NO RETURN TO PLAY ON THE DAY OF A CONCUSSIVE 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:

  • UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD THE PLAYER BE MOVED OR CARRIED
    • MOVING A PLAYER COULD HAVE DIRE CONSEQUENCES
    • focus on the player’s welfare
    • do not worry about delaying the game  
  • Call an ambulance (‘000’) immediately.
  • Comfort the player.
  • NEVER try and treat an injury that is beyond your level of training.

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.

  • Washing hands effectively is the number one way to stop infections in their tracks.
  • Where possible, wear disposable gloves. If gloves are not available, make sure you wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub for at least 20 seconds prior to and after attending to the player.
  • Approach the injured player and instruct all other players and match officials to move away and maintain a minimum of 1.5 metres distance from yourself and the player.
  • In the first instance, and where possible, assess the player using voice instructions while trying to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from them.
  • Make sure you, the player and the people around you follow good respiratory hygiene. As difficult as it may be, try to calm the player down by having them breath slowly and deeply.
  • Avoid unnecessary touching of the player.
  • Do not touch your face while or after responding to an injured player, and importantly, do not touch your face whilst wearing disposable gloves – this negates the reason why you wear the gloves in the first place.

Click HERE to read the full guidelines.

First aid

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 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.

Insurance

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.  

For a summary of the insurance, click HERE.

All information about the insurance, including definitions of exactly what is covered, can be found on the FNSW website under Players / Resources / Insurance.

  • Injury claim forms are now completed online through the claims portal on the FNSW Insurance website.
  • The online claim process enables claimants to apply and upload documents and receipts online for quicker processing.
  • To lodge an injury claim go to Lodge your Claim online
    • The claimant registers and completes the claim form online.
    • The Club Declaration and Physician’s Statement forms are both downloaded and printed by the claimant from the claims portal.
    • The Club Declaration is completed by the club and is then saved and uploaded to the claims portal by the claimant.
    • The Physician’s Statement is completed by the claimant’s Doctor or Specialist and is then saved and uploaded to the claims portal by the claimant.
    • Alternatively these documents can be emailed to football@gowgates.com.au or posted to Gow-Gates Claims, PO Box 4731, Sydney NSW 2001.