Running, jumping, tackling, not to mention handling the ball, means Aussie Rules players risk injuries to their hands and wrists serious enough to send them to the emergency department.
Many believe a move to the winter would be beneficial for football, particularly as our summers grow hotter. But competing directly with AFL and NRL could pose a serious risk to the sport's future.
The AFL and NRL have larger fan bases, and soccer more youth participants. Rugby union must find new ways to grow interest in the sport to reclaim its place in the Australian sporting landscape.
Consciousness-raising is a laudable goal for the AFL, but on race and gender issues, it needs to lead to clear actions, not just words.
The AFL Grand Final is more than a physical contest between professional athletes: it is a day we collectively make meaning, and create culture.
Debate about gambling has raged throughout the AFL season, but it’ll take a cultural shift for there to be any meaningful change.
Focusing on outcomes backfires. Connect with what you love and success will take care of itself.
We might think of sporting statues commemorating great players. But three new statues are showing us they can commemorate great cultural moments, too.
Cold fronts swept south-eastern Australia, bringing snow and freezing temperatures. While snow is expected to decrease with climate change, cold snaps are likely to keep coming.
Barracking has been a colourful and controversial part of Australian Rules football since the game's inception. Now, the AFL is trying to maintain order – and fans are irate.
New research has found that racial vilification is a common occurrence in junior sport in Australia – and is rarely punished when it happens.
With the AFL's indigenous round about to take place, it's important to recognise the full history of Indigenous involvement in the sport, including the many obstacles players faced.
Online trolling is a workplace health and safety issue. The AFL must expose and sanction those responsible – anything less would not only be morally debatable, but also legally questionable.
Foreign interest in American football tells us a lot about what is happening to sport in the 21st century.
Ever wonder where the words 'sport', 'umpire' and 'drubbing' come from? Here's a short primer of sporting lingo ahead of the AFL and NRL Grand Finals.
Like epic poets, AFL commentators improvise in short phrases, not sentences, because it creates vivid images of fast action.
Until the league stops pressuring players over their weight, token measures to address mental health concerns will have a limited impact.
Given the legal issues that could arise from Gaff's punch on Andrew Brayshaw, it is time the AFL reviewed its policies.
Interest in the sport is starting to wane as the Socceroos have struggled internationally and the A-League has failed to evolve.
Sport has a history of providing opportunities for détente, or at least discussion - and there's every chance the AFL's latest venture to China could do just that.