Footy Concussions Round 3

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; Continue reading

Footy Concussion Report Round 2

The Concussion Blog has decided to take up another project, 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.

After the second round there has been a noticeable interest in the concussion issue, from the media/broadcasters, to the print journalists, to even the players.  The stigma has reared its ugly head in a national broadcast, as Jack Riewoldt was very upset after being subbed out.  A day later Riewoldt conceded that the decision to remove him was the correct move.  Also in footy news; Daniel Bell opened up about his battle with symptoms related to post concussion syndrome and Daniel Gilmore is set to bring a negligence case against his former club and the AFL.

With all of this newly found awareness one would think Continue reading

A Case of Negligence?

The first publicized legal action against a professional league with regards to negligence when returning a player to the field.  Granted the judicial system in the AFL has no bearing on the US system, this will be an interesting case to keep an eye on.

Daniel Gilmore, who played for Fremantle in the Australian Football League in 2004-2009 is now bringing forward a case against the AFL and his former club for alleged “fit to play” designation after a head injury.

Delisted ruckman Daniel Gilmore, 28, will allege he was incorrectly passed fit to play by club doctors after a heavy hit in 2008.

Gilmore has since endured migraines, dizzy spells and lethargy. He was cut at the end of the 2009 season.

The Gilmore case may have greater ramifications than that of former Melbourne defender Daniel Bell, who is seeking compensation over concussion injuries, but is not claiming negligence or malpractice by his club.

Gilmore’s claim will be heard by the AFL Grievance Tribunal.

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Jack Riewoldt, Richmond Tigers

Jack Riewoldt was the most recent concussion issue in footy.  As Friday Night football (AFL Style) happened tonight–yesterday in Melbourne.  Riewoldt was extremely woozy upon leaving the field, and after the evaluation and an actual time period of about 20 minutes he was not allowed to return, and he was not happy about it.  We must give credit to the medico’s (as the call them down under) for this decision.

In this recap you can see the Riewoldt injury again at mark 0:46, Continue reading

Former AFL’er Opens Up

Daniel Bell was like any kid growing up in Australia, he wanted to play on the hallowed grounds of the AFL.  As his journey began playing youth footy he was wearing a helmet for extra head protection.  That ended when at the age of 15 he felt both out-of-place on the field with something many others were not wearing and his perception he (more specifically his head) was targeted due to the helmet.  Now Bell is struggling to get through a day without issues related to head trauma.

“Players who hear Daniel’s story will realise the importance of being open and honest with their doctors.”

Earlier on Thursday, Bell said his motivation for raising the issue was to encourage clubs to embrace “brain training”, similar to the treatment he is receiving at Elite Minds, for players that suffer concussion.

“Now, you let [concussion] settle down and then you play again. You don’t do that with a hamstring; you do rehab to improve the muscle to get it back to where it was at,” he told SEN on Thursday morning. Continue reading

Footy Concussion Report Round 1

The Concussion Blog has decided to take up another project, 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.

Round 1 began with an announcement 48 hours prior to the opener about concussions, and without fail the season began with some high-profile injuries.  The fan base in Australia is rabid for their national game, we are not so much, so I will be learning about the sport as we go along.  We will see that there will be controversy as well with concussion decisions (see below).

If there are some international followers, I know you are out there, or some that know the sport well feel free to send information as it becomes available.  Before we begin with the list here are the particulars about the teams;

  • 17 Teams
  • 18 players on the field
  • 1 designated substitute
  • 3 designated interchangables
  • 22 actives, for a total of 374 players in the AFL
  • 22 game schedule in “home-and-away” portion of season over 24 weeks

I have no clue on positions other than defenders, midfielders and some person called a “ruckman”, so we will not be classifying by position unless our friends down under can educate me.  I will be watching some games Continue reading