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Concussions are common in sport, especially NFL, but few realise just how damaging a concussion is to the brain. from

What does concussion do to the brain?

The link between concussion and irreversible brain injury is particularly troubling, especially given the dominance of Australia’s contact sporting culture.
Jonathan Brown is not the only professional football player to recently retire because of head injuries. AAP Image/Dave Hunt

Repeated head injuries highlight gaps in sports concussion management

Brisbane Lions champion Jonathan Brown’s premature exit from the AFL this week after suffering yet another concussion was in many ways unsurprising. His friends and fans describe him as a “warrior” who…
The US$10 million allocated to chronic trauma encephalopathy research in the NFL settlement will not explain what this does to the brain. LARRY W. SMITH/AAP

NFL settlement fails to address impact of collision sports

The US National Football League (NFL) recently paid US$765 million to settle a lawsuit with former players who claimed repeated head injuries and concussions while playing the sport led to brain degenerative…
Collision sports such as AFL have adopted concussion management policies because it’s an unavoidable feature of the games. AAP Image/David Crosling

Sport concussion guidelines rife with conflicts of interest

Athletes and officials in charge of collision sports (such as rugby league, AFL and American football) have an uneasy relationship with concussion; it’s an unavoidable feature of their games and there’s…

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