AFLCNE League Rules: – Concussion testing
- It is the responsibility of the host club to have a copy of the pocket concussion recognition tool and concussion advice sheet printed and available for use at any AFLCNE sanctioned event. For any event hosted at a neutral venue the responsibility for provision of the document falls to the league executive.
- Any player suspected of concussion should be removed from play immediately and assessed according to the pocket Concussion Recognition Tool.
- If concussion is suspected after testing the following should happen:
- On game day
- The player must NOT be allowed to return to play that day.
- They must be assessed by a registered medical practitioner
- A non-playing person should be assigned to look after the concussed person and be given the concussion advice sheet whilst awaiting medical assessment
- After game day
- The league should be informed of the player affected along with the team sheet returns.
- It will be the responsibility of the player concerned’s team to inform the league by midday on the Wednesday following the game if they wish to make use of rule 5.
- Once medically cleared they must be symptom free and undertake a phased return to playing/training as outline in the phased return policy
- On game day
- If during a game a player is unable to play due to concussion or suspected concussion and this reduces their team numbers to below 9 players then the game is to continue as 8 a-side to its natural conclusion and will stand as a completed league fixture.
- If the following week a player who would’ve been available but for undertaking the phased return that team will be allowed an extra ‘ring-in’ without penalty/sanction from the league.
- Failure to provide the appropriate care to a concussed player will result in the offending team receiving the following sanctions from the league
- 1st offence: Official warning from the league
- 2nd offence: Loss of percentage
- 3rd offence: Loss of premiership points