08 Apr, 2020 12 Mar, 2021

Watch AFL and AFLW players in a new video series about taking care of yourself during the coronavirus pandemic

Author: experts in physical activity, mental wellbeing and healthy eating programs and evaluation at VicHealth

Any coronavirus information mentioned is accurate at the time this article was first published (8 April 2020). For the most up-to-date information about coronavirus restrictions, please visit the source: www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au


Want to see what star players Nev Jetta, Katie Brennan, Taylor Adams, Angus Brayshaw, Emma Kearney and Steph Chiocci are doing to slow the spread of coronavirus?

VicHealth has partnered with the AFL Players Association on a new series of videos full of tips to look after your physical health, as well as your mental health and wellbeing.

As North Melbourne Football Club skipper Emma Kearney put it: “These are obviously really trying times for our community…I feel [being in these videos] is a great way to highlight some really important messages to the community.”

Staying socially connected is important for your mental health and wellbeing, so one of the videos she’s in alongside the other players is about how to stay connected, while following government advice to stay at home.


Collingwood vice-captain Taylor Adams said the videos were a “great opportunity for me to do my part and help share awareness of what we all need to do, to get through this.”
And you can see him doing bicep curls with some tinned food he had at home alongside the other players giving their at-home workout tips.


There’s also a video that shows players ‘doing the dab’ – showing the importance of coughing or sneezing into your elbow to avoid spreading the virus.



And of course, washing your hands is more important than ever right now, so you can see the players doing just that in their homes in the fourth video.



So while AFL and AFLW players are off the field to help slow the spread of coronavirus, they’re getting serious about spreading the word on how you can help to slow the spread too, with a simple message: Join the team, stay at home.

Remember the top 5 tips you can do to reduce your risk and prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19):

• If you can stay at home – you must stay at home
• Wash your hands often and properly
• If you’re unwell, do not leave your house
• Cough and sneeze into a tissue/your elbow (‘do the dab’) and avoid touching your face
• Practice physical distancing – avoid unnecessary travel and crowds, keep 1.5 metre distance from others, don’t shake hands/touch others.
VicHealth partnered with the AFL Players Association to produce the video series.

For all coronavirus questions visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au or call the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) hotline on 1800 020 080.