Australian Football is one of the most popular sports in Australia. Historically male-dominated, the popularity of football with women is increasing. In 2014, almost 195,000 women and girls participated regularly at Auskick, school, club and elite levels across Australia. Coaching, training and rules that help ensure the game is played safely, with minimal risk of injury, are currently based on experience and studies of the men’s game. With participation rates continuing to grow, it is important to consider safety and injury prevention, from the perspective of women, not just men, who play football.
The Women’s Injury Surveillance Extension (FootyWISE) project will present the first ever description of injuries in women who play Australian football. The results will provide recommendations to the governing body, the Australian Football League (AFL), for future injury surveillance efforts and targeted training/coaching needs.
FootyWISE is a joint undertaking of the Australian Collaboration for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP) and the Australian Football League (AFL).