First Aid

Administering First Aid depends on your knowledge, skills and experience.

The key in First Aid is to be aware of what your capabilities are and when to get help.

In the football context, First Aid varies from treating a simple abrasion, to treating an injury, to responding to a collapse.

The best way to obtain First Aid skills is to do a First Aid course. There are a number of these in Australia including those accredited by St John Ambulance, Sports Medicine Australia and the Australian Red Cross.

FFA Concussion Guidelines

FFA's Concussion Guidelines set out the guiding principles and provides general advice regarding the management of concussion in football in Australia.

These Guidelines are of a general nature only. Individual treatment will depend on the facts and circumstances specific to each individual case. These Guidelines are not intended as a standard of care and should not be interpreted as such.

To access the Document, please click here 

Sudden Death/Sudden Cardiac Collapse Registry

International research confirms the positive impact of participation in football recreational activity, training and play on physical health, inclusive of improved body weight, cholesterol, blood pressure etc. Regular football training and play also has a positive benefit on social and mental wellbeing. Children’s health also benefits from regular football participation.

Diabetes, obesity, cigarette smoking, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure poses an increased health risk. A family history of heart attack in a first degree male relative (father or brother) aged less than 55 years old or first degree female relative aged under 65 years old is a cardiac risk factor.  Indigenous Australians also have a higher incidence of heart disease. A player with any of these risk factors or illnesses should consider medical screening by a doctor prior to vigorous football activity.

An adult player over 35 years of age is also recommended to have a health check with a GP, sports doctor or Sports Physician prior to participation in any vigorous football training or playing.

It is important to follow a graduated upgrade of physical training to improve fitness capacity prior to match play.

FFA is collaborating with FIFA in conducting a Sudden Death/Sudden Cardiac Collapse Registry in football for the purpose of research into the prevention of adverse cardiac events in football. There is a link on the FFA website to a form that can be completed if there is a sudden death incident (from a cardiac or other cause), or sudden cardiac collapse that occurs at any level of football participation, whether training or playing. This form can be completed by any bystander to the incident or any club official, and it will be received automatically at FFA once completed and submitted.

To access the online form, please click this link: 

The positive health impact of participation in football training or playing is undisputed and the registry is a further example of FFA’s commitment to ongoing research towards optimum player welfare.


Dr Mark Jones

Head of Medical Services, FFA