Concussion and Helmets
The Club supports the AFL guidelines on concussion and its recommended management of players suffering concussion.
The AFL guidelines can be summarised as follows:
- Suspecting the diagnosis in any player with symptoms such as confusion or headache after a knock to the head;
- Any player with suspected concussion must be removed from the game immediately and not allowed to return to play;
- Referring the player for medical evaluation; and
- Ensuring the player has received written medical clearance before allowing them to return to Club related training or matches.
The AFL has also issued concussion recognition and management guidelines for parents (see attached).
The AFL does not recommend the wearing of helmets to prevent concussion. The wearing of helmets is an individual decision although the club and its officials will support any player that chooses to wear a helmet.