Concussion Shock



  • Concussion shock: Brain disease CTE found in two former Australian rugby league players

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    June 27, 2019 12:24pm
    PAMELA WHALEY@pamelawhaley
    Source: FOX SPORTS
    The brain disease CTE has been found in two former rugby league players.

    In a groundbreaking study, researchers have discovered a brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) — linked to repeated head trauma — in the brains of two former Australian rugby league players.

    The disease is widely associated with NFL in America and has been historically commonly referred to as ‘punch drunk’ to describe neurological defects of former boxers believed to be caused by repeated head impacts.

    Researchers from Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, NSW Health Pathology and the University of Sydney’s Brain And Mind Centre examined the brains of two middle-aged dead former rugby league players, both of whom played over 150 first grade games. Their identities have not been released.

    The study published in the international neuropathology journal Acta Neuropathologica Communications on Thursday claims the incidents are the first reported cases of CTE in rugby league players in the world, and the second and third cases of the disease in Australian sportspeople.

    “The changes in the two brains were distinctive, definitive, and met consensus diagnostic criteria for CTE,” said Clinical Associate Professor Michael Buckland, lead author, head of the RPA Neuropathology Department and head of the Molecular Neuropathology Program at the Brain and Mind Centre.

    “I have looked at about 1000 brains over the last 10 years, and I have not seen this sort of pathology in any other case before.

    “The fact that we have now seen these changes in former rugby league players indicates that they, and likely other Australian collision sports players, are not immune to CTE, a disease that has gained such high profile in the United States.

    This is a landmark study for Australian sport as there is a distinct lack of research or clinical findings into the brain disease, which can present symptoms of behavioural or mood disturbances and depression, confusion, difficulty balancing and personality changes.

    Active research is taking place in the USA into the presence of the disease and its impact on NFL players, a topic that was covered in the 2015 movie ‘Concussion’.

    CTE can only be unequivocally diagnosed via autopsy.

    The study found that ‘Case 1’ had a successful career after retirement, and had been working up until his death. He did not abuse tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs.

    However, family members reported increasing reliance on memory aides for daily activities in the years prior to death, and recent difficulties remembering details of a significant life event. ‘Case 2’ had some issues during his transition to a post-playing career, but was productively employed up until his death.

    The NRL has made giant strides towards protecting players against concussion in recent years, as well as tightening protocols and increasing awareness of the dangers of repeated concussions with club medical staff.

    Two doctors are at each NRL game and perform compulsory head injury assessments to detect signs of concussion.

    https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/concussion-shock-brain-disease-cte-found-in-two-former-australian-league-players/news-story/4bd7d8b15021624f45210ffa20172022



  • @Tigerlily thanks for sharing lily,the HIA has to be a must,especially as the health of the players is foremost…



  • @TrueTiger two middle aged former players. Very sad. We need to do everything possible to lessen the impact of this condition.



  • There are still many football supporters even on here who insist that shouldercharges do no harm(probably on our board as well).I am very critical of just about everything the NRL has brought in and allowed to happen except for this.



  • It makes me think a lot to be honest …had 3 knockouts in my last season within 5-6 weeks from memory

    Usually my memory is excellent , but lately I quite often forget the names of staff I have working with me



  • @happy_tiger said in Concussion Shock:

    It makes me think a lot to be honest …had 3 knockouts in my last season within 5-6 weeks from memory

    Usually my memory is excellent , but lately I quite often forget the names of staff I have working with me

    Don’t worry too much yet Hap, your memory gets worse with age … I speak from experience.



  • @cktiger said in Concussion Shock:

    @happy_tiger said in Concussion Shock:

    It makes me think a lot to be honest …had 3 knockouts in my last season within 5-6 weeks from memory

    Usually my memory is excellent , but lately I quite often forget the names of staff I have working with me

    Don’t worry too much yet Hap, your memory gets worse with age … I speak from experience.

    Yeah maybe …but when you have to go check the roster to say goodbye to staff



  • Sims received one week for a tackle which knocked Morgan senseless and was late. We had Fittler and Blocker among others making public statements in support of Sims. As soon as players receive lengthy Suspensions this behaviour will cease and player welfare improved.



  • @pawsandclaws1 said in Concussion Shock:

    Sims received one week for a tackle which knocked Morgan senseless and was late. We had Fittler and Blocker among others making public statements in support of Sims. As soon as players receive lengthy Suspensions this behaviour will cease and player welfare improved.

    In light of current knowledge, it is probably fair to say that the NRL leaves itself open to later litigation by endorsing such a small penalty.



  • One of the NRL’s main issues is the speed with which players return to action after being concussed. And the amount of concussions players are allowed to have over their careers. A concussion should lead to at least a 3 week rest period. In some american sports players are medically retired after about 4 concussions to protect the player’s future welfare



  • G’day @happy_tiger : please get into those brain/memory exercises. Our Forum needs your humour and thoughts/feelings for many moons yet.☝ ☺ ☺



  • these people need to get together and update the laws regarding concussion:

    • head doctor from each team
    • nrl / independent doctors
    • independent lawyers
    • concussion specialists from around the globe
    • player’s association
    • someone to represent the grassroots as well

    since this is all brand new research, they need to meet up every year and figure out the next possible step. a lot of research form nfl/boxing/ufc/union needs to be taken in to consideration as well

    all the above parties are already very vigilant about it but every person is going to try and push the envelope a little further because often the damage cannot be seen on scans/ symptoms


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    @MAGPIES1963 said in Concussion Shock:

    G’day @happy_tiger : please get into those brain/memory exercises. Our Forum needs your humour and thoughts/feelings for many moons yet.☝ ☺ ☺

    happy has had numerous HIA’s…they found absolutely nothing in there…



  • Love the humour from you as well @Geo. I honestly can’t think of anything as satisfying as a good laugh☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ except for a yummy apple turnover with cream☝


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    @MAGPIES1963 said in Concussion Shock:

    Love the humour from you as well @Geo. I honestly can’t think of anything as satisfying as a good laugh☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ except for a yummy apple turnover with cream☝

    I’m not joking…nothin’s there…😮


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