IMPROVING PLAYER WELFARE
Maximising the health, performance and welfare of footballers in Australia
The The Football Medicine Association is an independent body that works with the Member Federation and National governing body (Football Federation of Australia) to promote and advocate for Player Welfare in sub-elite (semi-professional and amateur) football.
The role of the FMA is to develop a network and pathway to assist clubs, medical and performance staff to maximise and improve player welfare standards in football. The FMA provides a pathway to disseminate football specific medical and performance information to all stakeholders in football - players, parents, coaches, medical staff, referees, clubs and associations. By better facilitating information sharing and promoting player welfare, it is our goal to develop new and improved minimum medical standards in sub-elite football.
The FMA will receive input from health and medical professionals from all components of the player welfare spectrum and endeavours to partner with Universities to facilitate rapid translation of research into the "real world" practice.
The FMA is endorsed and supported by the Head of Medical for the Football Federation of Australia, Dr. Mark Jones .
A resource for General Practitioners, Sports Physicians and medical students for football specific medical information including concussion, cardiac screening and player risk
INJURY RISK REDUCTION
Up-to-date information for physiotherapists and physiotherapy students on the latest injury treatments, policies in sports medicine. The FMA also provides opportunities for physiotherapist to gain hands-on experience in football.
Promotion of player welfare underpins the purpose of the FMA. All aspects of player health and well being, including nutrition and mental health, are a focus of the FMA.
The latest information on load management, performance and recovery. Sports science is an integral part of the player welfare model with a hand-in-hand approach with Medicine and Physiotherapy
RETURN TO PLAY
Ensuring a safe and productive return to football is a focus for the FMA. Many players cease participation due to reoccurring injury and it is one of our goals to improve ongoing participation in football into later life.