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Docs mystified over Michael Robertson concussion

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by ManlyBacker, Aug 3, 2011.

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    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    MANLY winger Michael Robertson will miss another week of football after suffering a concussion more than two weeks ago.

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    NRL wants to widen research into concussion

    Brent Read
    From:The Australian

    FOR a few hours yesterday, Manly winger Michael Robertson became the latest face of the game's concussion crisis.

    Even though it emerged Robertson was in fact suffering from a neck injury, that didn't stop NRL officials revealing plans to widen their research into concussion.

    NRL chief medical officer Ron Muratore confirmed he was exploring the prospect of a rugby league-specific review, and involving former players.

    Muratore has already formed a sub-committee involving former Bulldogs doctor Hugh Hazard, ex-Sydney Roosters chief executive Brian Canavan and NSW Rugby League coaching and development manager Martin Meredith.

    They plan to tap into the contact books of organisations such as the Men of League and the Queensland's FOGS as they attempt to conduct a sweeping investigation of the health of former players.

    "The idea is to do some research into former players," Muratore said.

    "At the moment, we don't have any information specific to rugby league at all.

    "The idea is to see whether there is impairment now, whether there is an increased sense of impairment in people who have played."

    In the US, researchers have begun studying the brains of deceased athletes as part of their investigations into the effects of concussion.

    Asked whether that was feasible as part of the rugby league study, Muratore said: "Sure, with time that might happen."

    The AFL is already using a questionnaire as part of its research into the effects of concussion on former players, but the NRL is looking to streamline that approach.

    However, the extent of the research is reliant on funding and Muratore conceded he wasn't sure where the money would come from.

    The issue of concussion, and its long-term effect, has come into focus in all the football codes this year.

    Wallabies star Berrick Barnes was sidelined in May after being diagnosed with "footballer's migraine", a condition related to head knocks that leads to nausea and headaches.

    Adelaide AFL player Scott Stevens retired in June because of problems related to concussions.

    The NRL itself revised its rules governing the handling of concussions this year, leaving clubs open to massive fines if they allow concussed players to play on.


    And some good news
    The Manly Daily John Geddes

    SEA Eagles winger Michael Robertson has been cleared of a serious head injury which had threatened his playing future.

    The star back suffered concussion in the win over Newcastle three weeks ago and had suffered headaches.

    He was not considered for Sunday’s game against the Roosters at Brookvale Oval.

    A worried Robertson consulted a neurologist earlier today to try and isolate the cause of the problem.

    And the specialist diagnosed neck problems.

    That was a great relief to the whole Manly club and he has been given the green light to make a welcome return to training this week.

    The Manly medical staff closely monitored his condition.

    “Something like that you treat seriously,” said Sea Eagles coach Des Hasler. There were fears that Robertson was suffering from the “footballer’s migraine” which recently sidelined Wallabies back Berrick Barnes.

    Robertson first suffered the concussion after the round 19 win over Newcastle at Ausgrid Stadium and he has subsequently missed the games against Penrith and Wests Tigers.

    The injury was a real setback for the left winger, who proved himself to be an ironman for the Sea Eagles after playing 139 consecutive games for the club.

    Over that time he was never replaced and played every minute of every game until a knee injury put him out of the Broncos game at Suncorp Stadium in round 12.

    ``He is a bit frustrated with it ... it’s always frustrating on the sideline,’’ Hasler said


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