Football is a great way to keep fit and healthy in a safe environment.
People who exercise regularly also feel more energetic, manage their weight better, have lower blood pressure and have stronger muscles and bones. However registered players should not take their health for granted just because you can still kick a ball.
Before you start playing football, Football NSW encourages you to check in with your GP, get active and watch your diet and beverage consumption. Having a heart and health check each year is important particularly for players aged over 35 and players who are returning to the game.
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In an emergency Dial 000.
Injury Reporting & Medical Profile Forms
- Injury Reporting Form (injury report to club)
- Serious Injury Report Form (Serious injury report to insurers)
- Medical Profile & Emergency Contact Form
FFA Concussion Guidelines set out the guiding principles regarding the management of concussion in football in Australia. All incidents of concussion are required to be treated in accordance with the FFA Concussion Guidelines including clearance by a Medical Practitioner and adherence to the Return to Play Program.
- FFA Concussion Guidelines
- SMA Concussion Policy
- SMA Concussion Workshops 2018
- Pocket Concussion Recognition Tool
- FNSW Medical Conference Concussion presentation
Returning to Play after Concussion
Return to play should be in accordance with Concussion Guidelines including:
- a clearance by a qualified Medical Practitioner before a player can return to training or playing, and
- a minimum of 6 days before a player can play a competitive game – if return to play is managed by a Medical Practitioner
- a minimum of 14 days before a player can play a competitive game – if return to play is not managed by a Medical Practitioner.
Heart Health & Defibrillators
- Heart Health – Know your risks
- Cardiac Arrest and the Use of Defibrillators (NSW Health)
- Frequently Asked Questions
Club Defibrillator Grants
FNSW encourages all clubs to apply for a defibrillator grant through the NSW Office of Sport Defibrillator Grant Program. Sport Minister’s media release. These life saving devices are now proving beneficial in sport, community and public facilities in saving lives. Clubs requiring advice or assistance in relation to defibrillators should contact Michelle Hanley at Football NSW. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 02 8814 4402.
The NSW Office of Sport – Defibrillator Grant Program
The Marc Arcuri Foundation – Marc Arcuri Cup website
FNSW Defibrillator Suppliers
Michael Hughes Foundation
The Michael Hughes Foundation works to raise community awareness about sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and the benefits of CPR and early defibrillation and are an approved Office of Sport defibrillator program provider. The Michael Hughes Foundation has donated and supplied defibrillators to over 200 facilities including Football NSW ‘Valentine Sports Park’, Central Coast Football, PCYC and other football clubs. Their qualified presenters have trained over 1500 people in CPR and the use of defibrillators and assist FNSW and its clubs and associations through the supply of defibrillator packages, first aid kits and first aid training. For further information email email@example.com or visit the Michael Hughes Foundation website
Heartbeat of Football
Football NSW supports the HOF in their work to increase awareness of the importance of pre-participation health checks and early defibrillation. For further information visit the HOF website
Emergency Planning, First Aid Training & Resources
First Aid Courses
- MHF First Aid Training Packages
- St John First Aid Courses
- Red Cross First Aid Courses
- Sports Medicine Australia – Course dates
First Aid Kits
Injury Fact Sheets
- SMA Injury Factsheets
- Football Injury Factsheet
- Anaphylaxis & Allergy First Aid
- Asthma Management Factsheet & Asthma First Aid Chart
- Blood Rules
- Chest Pain
- Epilepsy – First Aid
- Eye Injuries
- Heatstroke – Symptoms & Treatment
- Spinal Injury
- Teeth Injuries
- Dial 000 Clubhouse Poster NEW
- CPR Chart
- Concussion Awareness Poster
- FIFA 11+ Warm Up poster
- Medical Emergency Plan
- Safe Football Poster
- Sports Medicine Australia
- NSW Ambulance Service
- Australian Sports Commission First Aid Management
- Australian Drug Foundation
FNSW wishes to acknowledge the NSW Office of Sport, NSW Ambulance, NSW Health, Defib For Life, The Michael Hughes Foundation, The Marc Arcuri Foundation, Heartbeat of Football and Sports Medicine Australia for their continued support and assistance to FNSW and our member clubs and associations.