Dual Geelong premiership player Max Rooke in 2007.
A sports law expert and ex-Victorian WorkCover Authority general counsel explains why Australia’s professional players aren’t covered by the same injury rules as other workers – unlike in New Zealand.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes holds the trophy after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL Super Bowl on Sunday.
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The Super Bowl is more than a game — it’s an ecosystem of parties, the halftime show, the ads and 100 million people watching despite the sport’s ugly and dangerous side.
UFC president Dana White has brought another brutal sport to our screens.
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Power Slap, a brutal fight sport, sees contestants slap each other so hard they are at times knocked unconscious.
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While much of the inquiry into concussions and repeated head trauma in sport will focus on professional players and leagues, local teams and young players should also look out for the findings.
Goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand of Iran is carried on a stretcher during the FIFA World Cup 2022 group B soccer match between England and Iran.
World Cup 2022: the risk of playing on with concussion and why the rules in football need to change.
Traumatic brain injury from sports such as American football is linked with a form of dementia called chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
Listen to the second episode of our series Uncharted Brain: Decoding Dementia via The Anthill podcast.
Sleep plays a critically important role in the recovery process in the days following a concussion.
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While high-profile concussions in the NFL have brought renewed attention to the gravity of head injuries, they can also occur on the playground or during junior varsity practices – with lasting effects.
Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa runs onto the field before the team’s NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 29, despite a head injury during a game a few days earlier.
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Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was carried off the field during a game on Sept. 29 after his second injury in only a few days, raising questions about NFL concussion protocols.
Concussion doesn’t just happen in sports or only in teens and young adults; it affects people of all ages and backgrounds.
Canadian researchers are exploring unanswered questions about concussion: How to diagnose it accurately and quickly, how to predict outcomes and promote recovery, and how to prevent it altogether.
The AFL is searching for a new CEO amid ongoing reports of systemic racism, a lack of meaningful support for the AFLW and insufficient action on head injuries.
Concussion patients were once prescribed rest in a dark room, but in recent years concussion management has literally come out of the dark.
For many years, concussion treatment followed a rest-is-best approach. But research now suggests that low-to-moderate intensity exercise is a safe and useful approach to managing concussion symptoms.
The long-term health effects in professional contact sports have come under global scrutiny since the 2015 $1 billion lawsuit filed by former professional American football players against the NFL.
Brain injuries and the long-term health effects in professional sport have become significant issues in the past decade.
Jacinda Barclay (right) died last year. Her brain was donated to concussion research.
Jacinda Barclay, an AFLW player who died last year, has had her brain donated to concussion research. In general, women are understudied regards to their long-term brain health.
Many rugby players suffer concussions.
Our research, conducted on elite rugby players, may someday mean concussions can be diagnosed right on the pitch.
Thankfully treatment has moved on from the cold sponge of the amateur era. But brain damage continues to be a serious risk in many sports.
Cycling remains a leading example of athletes sacrificing their bodies for sporting glory.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Rick Mirer (3) is sacked for a seven-yard-loss by Kevin Henry (76) of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter of their NFL game on Dec. 26, 1993.
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In the NFL, anti-Black racism shows up in the disparities between concussion settlements to injured athletes. The amounts of the payouts are determined using assessments that rely on racist science.
Although a great deal of research is still required, it may one day be possible to identify and treat people either with CTE, or at risk of it.
Many retired players report injuries last long after they stop playing.
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Injuries that commonly effect former players during retirement include concussion, neck injuries, shoulder dislocation, and knee ligament injuries.
Rule changes, training strategies and equipment recommendations can help protect youth athletes from concussion.
Every year, about 10 per cent of youth athletes experience a concussion. Research shows there are steps we can take to help prevent these injuries, but we can’t be afraid to make changes.