Aussie’s Now Start to Take it Serious

8 May

You have seen us blast the Australian Rules Football league on occasion for how they handle concussions, but you have also see us applaud the forward thinking of research coming from Down Under.  Now there is a movement to subject players to a yearly brain scan exam in hopes of identifying problems;

Andrew Krakouer’s manager Peter Jess has written to the AFL seeking changes, as he stresses links between depression and continuing concussions in football.

The AFL research board has funded a study to see if elite players are more susceptible to cognitive disorders later in life due to concussions.

But Jess said the league must go further, and was frustrated with AFL doctor Hugh Seward’s assessment that there is no link between concussion and depression.

Jess said at least one brain scan — a functional magnetic resonance imaging (FMRI) — should be mandatory for players each year as well as increased concussion education.

Yes you did read the third paragraph correctly, the doubts of a connection between brain trauma and depression.  Although technically correct, this would be a kin to the NFL’s stance in the early 2000′s; and oh how that has changed and in a hurry.

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2 Responses to “Aussie’s Now Start to Take it Serious”

  1. Dorothy Bedford May 8, 2012 at 14:27 #

    This could be a big, big contribution to concussion studies if AFL gets annual fMRI going – then we’d have serious longtitudinal brain data being collected.

  2. Dan May 8, 2012 at 20:07 #

    fMRI may not be the right test going forward. An alternative imaging technique called diffusion tensor imaging (also a type of MRI) has been gaining traction among brain injury researchers.

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