The NAB AFL Auskick program is for both boys and girls. There is no tackling, the rules are modified and there is an inclusive atmosphere. That said, a common concern of coaches is whether a child’s medical or physical conditions make NAB AFL Auskick activities unsafe.
Sometimes a medical or physical condition will increase the risk of injury of harm of some physical activities. For example, it is not safe for kids with neck instability to play contact sport. The About Me Medical Summary can be used by a doctor to outline any activities that need to be avoided.
Some kids with developmental delays or difficulties may have reduced safety awareness. For example, kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can be impulsive, jumping into tasks and activities before thinking about the consequences. They may not see the potential dangers of their actions (e.g., climbing, jumping, tackling), which can place both them and other kids at increased risk of getting hurt. It is important to set clear rules, and to intervene early if there are any behaviours of concern.
Sometimes when a child feels overwhelmed, worried, or stressed, they might run away. Kids with developmental disorders like autism spectrum disorder, and kids who are anxious, may run away if they feel overwhelmed.