What are the injuries in Australian Football and are we winning the war?

A new AFL injury Survey has been released, continuing a remarkable continuous recording of injury in Australian football for 24 consecutive years.

It makes really interesting reading and gives us a snapshot view of whether or not we are winning the war on injuries, and the efficacy of how we manage injured elite players.

As a collaboration of the AFL Doctors Association, the AFL Physiotherapists Association and the AFL Football Operations Departments from all 18 of the professional clubs, we have a significant degree of expert input here.

The survey can be read in its entirety here, however, the following is what I take home from the survey:

1. The incidence of new injuries has not systematically changed in the past 24 years, despite huge changes to the pace of the game, the body composition of the players, and the rules primarily imposed to protect them.

In 2016, there were 37 new injuries per club, and in 1997 there were 40.1 injuries per club. However, in 2002, the incidence of new injuries per club was 34.4, the lowest since records have been kept.

Simon Bartold
Director of Bartold Clinical

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