Did you know that 1 in 5 sport related hand injuries are from AFL?
AFL NUMBER 1 FOR HAND & WRIST INJURIES
Research published in February this year found that of all the sports and exercises related hand injuries admitted to a major Victorian public hospital network in one year, AFL accounted for 20% followed by cyclists at 15%.
Why? Put simply, the 360-degree nature of the game (unlike rugby which is played mainly in straight lines up and down the pitch), can result in fingers, hands and wrists to be pulled, jarred, kicked and crushed. Ouch!
Reduce the risk of hand injury at footy by:
Training players from junior grassroots level the correct way to tackle, handball and mark.
For example, when tackling, players need to avoid catching their fingers in another player’s clothing as it could lead to dislocation; players can avoid hand balling with the thumb in the palm; and they can hold their fingers to the sky and their body behind their hands when marking where possible.
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