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Concussion

Concussion is common in AFL, NRL and rugby union. The majority of professional football players who show a degree of concussion do not miss a single match and many will return to play in the same game as they were concussed.

The reason a professional footballer may be allowed to return to play is that they have been fully assessed by a doctor and cleared of concussion symptoms. Professional footballers in the AFL, NRL and Super Rugby always have a doctor on the sideline monitoring their condition. A more conservative approach should be taken for amateur and junior football where there may not be qualified medical practitioners at all times. It is recommended that in these situations, a concussed player should not return to the field.

Even in professional footballers, a doctor may rule out a player from returning. This may be because they show ongoing symptoms of concussion such as headache, nausea, dizziness and vomiting.
Model of brain

MODEL OF BRAIN
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MRI SCAN OF BRAIN
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PLAYERS WHO HAVE HAD CONCUSSION
Name Team Onset Year Sport
Nicky Ward Wellington Phoenix Week 11 2011-12 aleague
Wikus Van Heerden Lions R 1 2012 UNION
Chris Alcock Waratahs R 2 2012 UNION
James Kamana Lions R 6 2012 UNION
Tom Chamberlain Rebels R 6 2012 UNION
Wikus Van Heerden Lions R 7 2012 UNION
Nick Koster Stormers R 7 2012 UNION
Chris Lowrey Blues R 11 2012 UNION
Tatafu Polota-Nau Waratahs R 11 2012 UNION
Luke Whitelock Crusaders R 12 2012 UNION
Patrick Lambie Sharks R 12 2012 UNION
Benson Stanley Blues R 13 2012 UNION
Lachlan Mitchell Rebels R 14 2012 UNION
Kieran Read Crusaders Test Week 2 2012 UNION
Dean Mumm Waratahs R 13 2012 UNION
David Simmons Panthers Trials 2012 NRL
Matt Groat Tigers R 6 2012 NRL
Jason King Sea Eagles R 12 2012 NRL
Robbie Farah Tigers Origin 3 2012 NRL
Kyle O'Donnell Knights R 18 2012 NRL
Dean Young Dragons R 20 2012 NRL
Josh Miller Dragons R 22 2012 NRL
Ricky Henderson Adelaide R 1 2012 AFL
Kurt Tippett Adelaide R 13 2012 AFL
Kurt Tippett Adelaide R 15 2012 AFL
Kurt Tippett Adelaide R 17 2012 AFL
Nathan Van Berlo Adelaide R 14 2012 AFL
Paul Seedsman Collingwood R 8 2012 AFL
Scott Gumbleton Essendon R 13 2012 AFL
Heath Hocking Essendon R 1 2012 AFL
Kyle Reimers Essendon R 15 2012 AFL
Kepler Bradley Fremantle R 22 2012 AFL
Greg Broughton Fremantle R 13 2012 AFL
Nick Lower Fremantle R 15 2012 AFL
Luke McPharlin Fremantle NAB Cup 2012 AFL
Anthony Morabito Fremantle R 14 2012 AFL
Anthony Morabito Fremantle R 17 training 2012 AFL
Gavin Roberts Fremantle R 21 2012 AFL
Tom Hawkins Geelong R 20 2012 AFL
Steve Johnson Geelong R 18 2012 AFL
Joel Selwood Geelong R 2 2012 AFL
Joel Selwood Geelong R 6 2012 AFL
Rhys Palmer GWS R 16 2012 AFL
Liam Sumner GWS R 1 2012 AFL
Luke Breust Hawthorn R 3 2012 AFL
Broc McCauley Hawthorn R 2 2012 AFL
Rohan Bail Melbourne R 9 2012 AFL
James Strauss Melbourne R 1 2012 AFL
Josh Tynan Melbourne R 16 2012 AFL
Leigh Adams North Melbourne NAB 1 2012 AFL
Steven Salopek Port Adelaide NAB Cup 2012 AFL
Paul Stewart Port Adelaide R 21 2012 AFL
Jacob Surjan Port Adelaide R 12 2012 AFL
Chad Wingard Port Adelaide R 2 2012 AFL
Ben Griffiths Richmond R 21 2012 AFL
Lenny Hayes St Kilda NAB Cup 2012 AFL
Brett Peake St Kilda NAB Cup 2012 AFL
Daniel Hannebery Sydney R 11 2012 AFL
Lewis Roberts-Thompson Sydney R 16 training 2012 AFL
Matthew Priddis West Coast R 7 2012 AFL
Adam Selwood West Coast R 21 2012 AFL
Steven Sykes Kings Round 5 2013 UNION
Marcel Coetzee Sharks Round 6 2013 UNION
Buxton Popoalii Highlanders Round 8 2013 UNION
Conrad Smith Hurricanes Round 12 2013 UNION
Steven Luatua Blues Round 14 2013 UNION
Luke Brown Adelaide Round 5 2013 AFL
Rory Laird Adelaide Round 21 2013 AFL
Jared Petrenko Adelaide Round 16 2013 AFL
Bernie Vince Adelaide Round 15 2013 AFL
Brock McLean Carlton Round 9 2013 AFL
Caolan Mooney Collingwood Round 20 2013 AFL
Ben Reid Collingwood Round 1 2013 AFL
Michael Hurley Essendon Round 8 2013 AFL
Luke McPharlin Fremantle Round 3 2013 AFL
Clancee Pearce Fremantle Round 16 2013 AFL
Mark Blicavs Geelong Round 23 2013 AFL
Allen Christensen Geelong Round 9 2013 AFL
Allen Christensen Geelong Round 11 2013 AFL
Joel Corey Geelong Round 15 2013 AFL
Mitch Duncan Geelong Round 20 2013 AFL
Steve Johnson Geelong Round 11 2013 AFL
Nathan Vardy Geelong Round 15 2013 AFL
Jared Brennan Gold Coast Round 7 2013 AFL
Tom Murphy Gold Coast Round 7 2013 AFL
Seb Tape Gold Coast Round 21 2013 AFL
Will Hoskin-Elliott GWS Round 18 2013 AFL
Adam Kennedy GWS Round 18 2013 AFL
Tim Mohr GWS Round 18 2013 AFL
Tom Scully GWS Round 16 2013 AFL
Beb Stratton Hawthorn Round 16 2013 AFL
Rohan Bail Melbourne Pre-Season 2013 AFL
Rohan Bail Melbourne Round 3 2013 AFL
Jack Fitzpatrick Melbourne Round 1 2013 AFL
Jack Fitzpatrick Melbourne Round 22 2013 AFL
Neville Jetta Melbourne Round 16 2013 AFL
Jordie McKenzie Melbourne Round 18 2013 AFL
James Sellar Melbourne Round 16 2013 AFL
Majak Daw North Melbourne Round 4 2013 AFL
Lachlan Hansen North Melbourne Round 16 2013 AFL
Robbie Tarrant North Melbourne Round 22 2013 AFL
Brandon Ellis Richmond Round 15 2013 AFL
Ben Griffiths Richmond Round 18 2013 AFL
Brett O'Hanlon Richmond Round 18 2013 AFL
Tyrone Vickery Richmond Round 18 2013 AFL
Tyrone Vickery Richmond Round 6 2013 AFL
Ben McEvoy St Kilda Round 13 2013 AFL
Jack Newnes St Kilda Round 3 2013 AFL
Dylan Roberton St Kilda Round 17 2013 AFL
Jake Lloyd Sydney Round 16 2013 AFL
Bradd Dalziell West Coast Round 9 2013 AFL
Matthew Priddis West Coast Round 5 2013 AFL
Tom Young Western Bulldogs Round 16 2013 AFL
Dallas Johnson Cowboys Round 5 2013 NRL
Danny Buderus Knights Finals Round 3 2013 NRL
Adrian Lejier Melbourne Victory Round 16 2013-14 ALEAGUE
Andrew Nabbout Melbourne Victory Round 14 2013-14 ALEAGUE
Johan Goosen Cheetahs Round 9 2014 UNION
Kieran Read Crusaders Round 10 2014 UNION
Derick Minnie Lions Round 14 2014 UNION
Deon Fourie Stormers Round 15 2014 UNION
Kieran Read Crusaders Round 16 2014 UNION
Frans Malherbe Stormers Round 17 2014 UNION
Rory Laird Adelaide Round 22 2014 AFL
David Mackay Adelaide Round 14 2014 AFL
Shaun McKernan Adelaide Round 2 2014 AFL
Ben Rutten Adelaide Round 16 2014 AFL
Daniel Talia Adelaide Round 19 2014 AFL
Matt Wright Adelaide Round 11 2014 AFL
Jonathan Brown Brisbane Round 13 2014 AFL
Sam Mayes Brisbane Round 8 2014 AFL
Sam Mayes Brisbane Round 18 2014 AFL
Marc Murphy Carlton Round 22 2014 AFL
Marty Clarke Collingwood Round 16 2014 AFL
Jack Frost Collingwood Round 10 2014 AFL
Tom Langdon Collingwood Round 14 2014 AFL
Cale Hooker Essendon Round 22 2014 AFL
Michael Appness Fremantle Round 20 2014 AFL
David Mundy Fremantle Round 4 2014 AFL
Matthew Pavlich Fremantle Round 19 2014 AFL
Tom Longeran Geelong Round 10 2014 AFL
Charlie Dixon Gold Coast Round 1 Week 1 2014 AFL
Karmichael Hunt Gold Coast Round 4 2014 AFL
Sean Lemmens Gold Coast Round 16 2014 AFL
Trent McKenzie Gold Coast Round 20 2014 AFL
Phil Davis GWS Round 21 2014 AFL
Tim Golds GWS Round 22 2014 AFL
Heath Shaw GWS Round 15 2014 AFL
Callan Ward GWS Round 5 2014 AFL
Jack Fitzpatrick Melbourne Round 1 Week 2 2014 AFL
Alex Georgiou Melbourne Round 7 2014 AFL
Dean Terlich Melbourne Round 8 2014 AFL
Jack Viney Melbourne Pre-season 2014 AFL
Leigh Adams North Melbourne Round 23 2014 AFL
Ben Cunnington North Melbourne Round 1 Week 2 2014 AFL
Darcy Byrne-Jones Port Adelaide Round 22 2014 AFL
Robbie Gray Port Adelaide Round 17 2014 AFL
Jack Hombsch Port Adelaide Preliminary Final 2014 AFL
Ben Newton Port Adelaide Round 2 2014 AFL
Chad Wingard Port Adelaide Round 11 2014 AFL
Reece Conca Richmond Round 17 2014 AFL
Nick Vlastuin Richmond Round 3 2014 AFL
Sean Dempster St Kilda Round 18 2014 AFL
Luke Dunstan St Kilda Round 6 2014 AFL
Maverick Weller St Kilda Round 11 2014 AFL
Nathan Wright St Kilda Round 16 2014 AFL
Zak Jones Sydney Round 16 2014 AFL
Sam Butler West Coast Round 21 2014 AFL
Dean Cox West Coast Round 18 2014 AFL
Jordan Roughead Western Bulldogs Round 21 2014 AFL
Kurt Gidley Knights Round 1 2014 NRL
Tyrone Roberts Knights Round 1 2014 NRL
Tim Simona Tigers Round 3 2014 NRL
Tim Simona Tigers Round 3 2014 NRL
Joel Edwards Raiders Round 5 2014 NRL
Sebastine Ikahihifo Warriors Round 6 2014 NRL
Kade Snowden Knights Round 6 2014 NRL
Liam Fulton Tigers Round 6 2014 NRL
Mitchell Allgood Eels Round 8 2014 NRL
Tim Lafai Bulldogs Round 8 2014 NRL
Cameron McInnes Rabbitohs Round 8 2014 NRL
Nigel Plum Panthers Round 9 2014 NRL
Liam Fulton Tigers Round 13 2014 NRL
Adam Docker Panthers Round 13 2014 NRL
Dene Halatau Tigers Round 14 2014 NRL
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck Roosters Round 14 2014 NRL
Ben Ridge Titans Round 15 2014 NRL
Beau Scott Knights Round 21 2014 NRL
Dane Nielsen Warriors Round 22 2014 NRL

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