Preventing Injuries

Preventing injuries is a key part of player safety and encouraging enjoyment of the sport.

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The following are some tips for preventing injuries during practices and games:

  • Plan a proper warm up before all practices as well as games.
  • Check all players have water to keep hydrated during the session or game.
  • Ensure everyone has the protective equipment they need (eg mouth guards, shin pads).
  • Check for players with previous injuries.
  • Make sure any fitness drills and skills training are appropriate for the players’ age and stage so they’re not being asked to do things that could cause an injury.
  • Make sure players cool down and stretch afterwards to avoid cramp and muscle injuries.

Consider what needs to be in place if a player gets injured:

  • Have a first aid kit on hand and check it’s fully stocked.
  • Have the contact details for players’ parents.
  • Check if any parents have first aid certificates and are available to attend practices and/ or games.
  • Make sure you have this injury treatment and referral guide on hand. You can find a copy in your first aid kit.

​​​​​​​What to do if a player gets injured:

  • Check the player can safely be removed from the game. If you are concerned they have a major injury, call for medical assistance or an ambulance.
  • Move them to sideline and do a quick assessment of the injury.
  • Follow the injury treatment and referral guideline in your first aid kit for information on:
    • immediate treatment – what to do straight away
    • where to refer the person to – for further advice or treatment.