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AFL updates concussion policy ahead of new season

AFL updates concussion policy ahead of new season

The Australian Football League has updated its guidelines for players suffering from concussions to allow for a temporary substitute while the injured player is assessed for his head injury.
The changes announced Wednesday _ just two days before the start of the 2013 Australian Rules season _ allows for the substitute player to come in for up to 20 minutes, and any player suspected of suffering a concussion will also undergo balance and cognitive function tests before allowing to return.
Representatives from the four main football codes in Australia _ AFL, rugby league, rugby union and soccer _ will take part in a two-day conference next week in Melbourne to discuss the long-term effects of brain injuries to their athletes.
Adelaide plays Essendon on Friday to open the AFL season.


Updated : 2021-06-23 03:52 GMT+08:00