Sports medicine

Overuse injuries in Australian Rules football

Adam Castricum



Australian Rules football puts players at risk of a range of injuries. Here is a discussion of two common overuse injuries.

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Australian Rules football, or AFL, is a fast paced game that places extraordinary physical demands on the body. Each game lasts approximately two hours, over half of which time players are either running or sprinting. During a game, players jump, ‘mark’, tackle, handball and kick the ball, placing particular stress on the lower limbs. As a result a range of injuries including traumatic and overuse injuries can occur. Some of these injuries are listed in Table 1.