Sports Medicine Australia endorsed by AFL as a preferred ERC provider


Sports Medicine Australia (SMA) is excited to announce it has been endorsed by the Australian Football League (AFL) to be one of the preferred providers of Emergency Response Coordinator (ERC) courses across Victoria and Australia.

The ERC course is the premier training course created and endorsed by the AFL, an accreditation all trainers working in Australian rules football across the country must hold.

SMA has been chosen by the country’s biggest sporting league as a main supplier of ERC courses under the AFL banner, utilising SMA’s extensive network of qualified and dedicated presenters.

The three-hour course provides an introduction for potential sports trainers looking to work at the community level and covers important topics such as; emergency planning, concussion management, on-field communication and transporting an injured participant.

SMA CEO, Anthony Merrilees says the partnership between two leaders in the sporting industry will be a major boost for sport safety at every Australian football match across Victoria.

“Both SMA and the AFL are leaders in our respective industries within sport. Being a chosen provider of the ERC course for the AFL ensures coordinators working in football, at any level, have the necessary knowledge, training and qualifications to handle serious injuries and other emergencies.”

While the accreditation is the standard across all levels of the AFL, the course is especially tailored for trainers working at junior football clubs.

“Unfortunately, not every local club can have an experienced sports trainer on hand for every game. However, our ERC course gives the critical training for parents or volunteers to work as a coordinator at their local club with the necessary skills and knowledge.”

Head physio of the AFL, Nick Ames says safer sport is a priority of the AFL and with SMA and the ERC accreditation, participants can be certain qualified trainers will always be on the sidelines.

“The Emergency Response Coordinator position is an extremely important role at all Australian Football events. This training structure will support associations, clubs, teams and volunteers to guarantee qualified coordinators are part of their organisation.”

SMA will distribute the ERC course through its partner sports assemblies throughout the state.

Sports Medicine Australia is a national multi-disciplinary member organisation that provides leadership in the area of sports medicine, and the healthy and safe participation of Australians in physical activity and sport. For more information, visit sma.org.au.

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