GFNC Past Players - “Heritage Day” / 1983 2nds Premiership Reunion function on -Saturday April 13th 2013 (Greta vs Whorouly).
- Volunteers Required - People needed to assist the team managers, in the role of entering weekly teams and results onto the official club website. Phone David Newth on 0448 863 984. Thankyou !
Football may be hazardous to your health
FOOTBALL is by far the most dangerous sport in Victoria, causing almost half of all injuries to people in community teams and costing taxpayers millions of dollars a year in hospital treatment. The total cost of hospitalisation for all men and women injured while participating in popular suburban sports comes to $15 million each year, most of which is borne by the taxpayer, research by Monash University's Victorian Injury Surveillance Unit has found.
A three-year study into 16 sports - including Australian rules, soccer and rugby - revealed one in 100 footballers were hospitalised following on-field injuries, the highest of any sport. Of the 6275 suburban footballers admitted for treatment from 2007 to 2010, 331 suffered a serious or life-threatening injury such as a skull fracture, damage to the brain or abdominal organs, or multiple injuries.
A follow-up study of injured footballers found players required an average of more than four weeks off work to recuperate. A year after being hurt, 10 per cent were still unable to perform the same work duties as they had before their injury.
Other community sports included in the 16-sport study were netball, volleyball, badminton and hockey. It found that although football injuries are the most costly to society overall, table tennis injuries had the highest individual cost, mainly because the patients tended to be 65 years and older and required hip surgery.
Professor Caroline Finch, director of the Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention, described the sports injury rates as ''nearing crisis point''.
The number of sports injuries treated in hospital were double that of road traffic injuries, yet many were preventable, she said. However, the time and effort devoted to prevention at an elite sports level was often lacking in amateur leagues.
Erin Cassell, who headed the research, said football injuries were mostly caused by player contact, but for hockey, cricket, baseball and softball players, stick, ball and puck injuries were more common.
''Football is a very tough contact sport, you get person-on-person tackle injuries, but in a sport like hockey, where you introduce a stick, you are essentially carrying a weapon onto the field,'' Ms Cassell said.
Troy Takanen knows the physical, emotional and financial cost of playing football for his club, Blackburn. Eight weeks ago, after spending nearly a year deferring a knee operation, the 29-year-old public servant had surgery for tendonitis or ''jumper's knee''.
He was entitled to sick pay but his operation and treatments cost him $5000 in out-of-pocket expenses, despite private health cover. He expects to miss the entire season.
Professor Finch said the extensive media analysis of AFL football injuries gave suburban team sports players false hope of returning quickly.
The research centre is testing a sports injury prevention manual with football leagues in Geelong and Ballarat, and the state government is preparing a plan to reduce sports injuries, due out later this year.
Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/national/football-may-be-hazardous-to-your-health-20120512-1yjsw.html#ixzz1up4ZVZsh
By - Deborah Gough.May 13, 2012