Know how to respond when someone is injured.

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:

  • 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 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:

  • NEVER attempt to move the player unless you are qualified to do so (focus on the player’s welfare – don’t 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.

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 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.

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.  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.