Concussion has been put front and centre by the Western Australian Football Commission after adopting new guidelines around dealing with head knocks. After a review, the WAFC have decided to endorse the changes recommended by the Australian Institute of Sport’s Concussion and Brain Health Position Statement, which will now become law for all levels of football below the WAFL. WAFC executive manager game development and community football Troy Kirkham said the endorsement continued the WAFC’s commitment to be at the forefront of concussion safety. “We want to be a leader in this space, he said. “We are really confident in terms of the science behind it, the AIS, and we took a lot of advice from the WA Concussion Network and other experts. “The WAFC will continue to prioritise the health and safety of all of our participants, ensuring that we stay at the forefront of best practice when it comes to concussion management protocols.” Previously the WAFC had operated under the AFL’s own guidelines with the new rules calling for a 21-day rest period before returning to competitive play. The new rules include: It also adds on to the WAFC’s three-step concussion policy, which says players who suffer a third concussion in one season sit out the remainder of the football year in the Perth Football League, country football and juniors. It is unknown at this stage whether the AFL or other major codes will adopt the recommendations.