INSURANCE AND REPORTING OF AN INJURY Injury-Report-2017
Safety of our players always comes first. Warming up and down at training and games is very important. We encourage our players to strap or purchase guards to wear both at training and games if they have ongoing weakness or niggling injuries. It is in taking these precautions that major injuries may be limited. Even though we take the utmost care, players do get injured at training and at fixtures.
As a Club it is our responsibility to ensure that all registered players and officials are aware of the Insurance Cover that is in effect on their behalf and part of your FFA fees. For full details of the insurance cover, visit our website and click the link provided.
Football Federation Australia, via Gow Gates Insurance Brokers provides basic insurance coverage for all Players & Club Administrators via the registration fees each player pays. (Football Insurance)
Whilst the plan provides basic levels of cover for players and others participating in Football, it is not all encompassing (this is necessary to keep the cost of insurance affordable for players) and does not seek to replace the need for private health and other insurances.
Football Federation Australia encourages all players and officials to take out their own private health insurance, life insurance and ‘Top Up’ coverage over and above the coverage provided under this plan. Gow-Gates can assist in regard to ‘Top Up’ insurance and other insurance requirements. From the FFA website
NB: If you intend to make a claim, you will need to get copies of the referrals for all treatments (including x-rays) from your medical practitioner. The Football Secretary also needs to be advised if you make a claim in order to keep records up to date.
Reporting of Injuries
If injuries occur at training sessions or at a game you will need to complete an Injury Report Form. A copy of the form can be found on our website, in your Manager’s Manual or upon request from the Club Office. You are also asked to advise the Football Secretary of any injury.
Returning to Play
Prior to a player returning after an injury – if attention was sought from a medical practitioner (doctor, physiotherapist etc.) that resulted in missed training/games; then the player must obtain a written clearance from that practitioner before returning to training/games. Medical clearance is always required after a major incident e.g. broken bone, concussion etc. This clearance is to be given to your Coach and an email sent through to the Football Secretary.
On returning to training/games, the player should re-enter the game slowly, attending at least one (1) full training session before playing again and then possibly only playing half to three quarters at the most on their first game back.
It is extremely important to make sure you are match-fit before taking the field, as not being ‘quite ready’ can result in a more serious accident.