On the eve of the 2021 H&A season the AFL introduced a medical sub, initially forecast to be a concussion sub it was finally decided to use it for all injured players that were unable to return to play.
A total of 199 medical subs were inserted into a game in the 2021 H&A season, this represented 50.3% of total subs available to be used.
That number increased to 72.2% in the finals with grand final teams not activating any.
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A high number of players were unable to return the following week after being subbed out of a game in 2021, 87.2% did not play the next week in the H&A season.
An average of 8.7 players were subbed out of a game across the 2021 H&A season, the highest number was 12 in rounds 6 & 23 whilst the lowest was 4 in round 10.
Fremantle used the most medical subs in the 2021 season, the Dockers recorded a total of 17 (77.3%).
Melbourne recorded the lowest across the H&A season, the Demons used only 5 (22.7%).
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