The Concussion Blog is now tracking the concussions of another collision sport, one with very good media coverage, albeit not in North America. Aussie Rules Football and its professional league AFL have had an issue with concussion in the past and as we have seen on videos here, they can be scary. With the help of Herald Sun we will be compiling the concussions on a weekly basis.
Only three weeks in and the information about concussions is very limited. Perhaps this sport does not lend itself to as many concussions as we previously thought? (pure sarcasm) I can tell you that the media does not seem as interested in finding the story, as compared to their North American counterparts. They will however cover the stories of concussions as they come up or are blatantly obvious.
From abroad, with limited contacts, no resources in Australia and a time change that makes my head spin we do feel that The Concussion Blog is covering every single REPORTED concussion in the AFL. What we cannot do; is wade through all the media to discover the hints and footage that lends to making informed observations. It does appear that the AFL, the teams, their medicos, the coaches and the players are not nearly as open about this injury as we would have hoped.
I base this “accusation” of limited information on the games and highlights that I watch, as well as information in the print media like this;
The Ward hit was totally unacceptable, an unsuspecting flaying elbow to Wards face 25m off the ball is not on, and the hit on Hall, though mainly to the shoulder region, will come under the front-on contact laws which take in head, neck and shoulder.
And if you saw the hit, like I did, and its after effects on Ward, you would have noticed very peculiar things that could have been consistent with a head injury.
As we are seeing with the AFL the stigma of concussions spread world-wide. As one speaker at the ThinkFirst conference stated “countries outside the United States and Canada continue to believe that concussions must include loss of consciousness, are not as sensitive to this injury.”
With that here is the current AFL Concussion list;