Danny Frawley death, coroner’s report, shows AFL players are taking risks with concussion, from AFLPA concussion survey 2019


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The figures were contained in the coroner’s report released on Tuesday following the inquest into Danny Frawley’s death and were a result of an AFLPA survey of male players that was filled out by most players.

The coroner, Paresa Spanos, wrote in the report into Frawley’s death that “6 per cent of respondents [to the survey] reported experiencing a concussion that they did not report to a medical practitioner and 7.9 per cent of respondents reported continuing to train and/or play after a concussion and not seeking medical attention”.

The Players’ Association plans to conduct a similar survey of male and female players in 2021 to ascertain attitudes amid concerns players may be even more willing to hide symptoms this year because the mandatory sidelining of players for 12 days after a head knock guarantees they will miss games.

The AFLPA wrote a letter to the AFL this month as they push for a strong framework to be put in place that underpins the protocols and the introduction, if possible, of point-of-care diagnostic tools that give an objective measure of concussion.

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