Injury 2019 Injuries

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Might as well start this now that preseason is back on. Hopefully a short thread this year.

The Bulldogs posted an update today: http://www.westernbulldogs.com.au/video/2018-11-19/medical-room-preseason-update

Summary:
- JJ (hip) and Daniel (knee) - both had operations over offseason, both back running already
- Gowers (wrist) - broke his wrist in a car accident, back running
- Bailey Dale (navicular) - back running, full program likely in 4-5 weeks
- Webb (neck) - still in the neck brace, doing low level running, re-assessed in 8 weeks time
- Picken (concussion) - still having low level headaches, and is still no-contact at training until further progression is made and ticked off by doctors.

So mostly good news but that's very concerning for both Picken and Webb - at the moment you'd think they're both long odds to play again given the current prognosis, you'd obviously hope at least they can get over their injuries to enjoy life outside of football if they don't make it back but it's pretty scary stuff at the moment.
 

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Picken is a real concern, to still be having headaches doesn't inspire confidence. Bottom line is we just want him healthy for his and his families sake but from a selfish point of view a full season in the red white and blue would be awesome.
 

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Quite a few serious injuries. Picken - that report is not encouraging. Webb - ditto. Dale - does not sound like he will be ready for round 1. Gowers - probably put him back many weeks, which equates to the dreaded "interrupted preseason".
 

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Picken looks absolutely ripped! If anything he’ll set great training standards but the prospect of him reestablishing himself in our best 22 looks really bleak at the moment :(
 

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Quite a few serious injuries. Picken - that report is not encouraging. Webb - ditto. Dale - does not sound like he will be ready for round 1. Gowers - probably put him back many weeks, which equates to the dreaded "interrupted preseason".
It says Dale will be back in the full program in 4-5 weeks which means come first day of training after Christmas he should be training fully with the main group.

Gowers injury will barely interrupt him. I’d imagine he would be doing the full running program in a week or two, they’ll just hold off the contact for a little while.

Picken and Webb are worries though.
 

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Picken might sound discouraging, but considering where he was three or four months ago and the progress he has made in that time, he's still on a timeline to be okay to play round 1.

The scariest part with him is long over - the fact that he didn't seem to be making any progress in the first few months after that injury, where even innocuous things like the music playing in the weights room gave him strong headaches.
 

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Surely if Picken is back training he must be getting advice that the doctors think it will clear up. I'm a bit bummed out about the injury news but fingers crossed everyone can get back to being fit.
 

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Totally nonplussed why Picken wants to risk playing. Eke out another yr of footy with a struggling team or risk a life time of headaches and other concussion issues like early onset dementia.

Retirement right now seems a no brainer for club and player.
I'm coming around to this view also. Considering the risks, his age and his achievements (incl a premiership), I would think it in all parties' best interests if he doesn't continue. Of course, we are no medical experts and he may yet overcome the after effects of the concussions. If it was me however, I'd be satisfied with what I had achieved and take the safer option.
 

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Totally nonplussed why Picken wants to risk playing. Eke out another yr of footy with a struggling team or risk a life time of headaches and other concussion issues like early onset dementia.

Retirement right now seems a no brainer for club and player.
Maybe he thinks we won’t struggle. Players do have a genuine love of the game too.
 

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Injuries we know of (official club injury news 21 Jan):
  • Bailey Smith (achilles tendon) - conservative approach to prize recruit, almost ready to join full training (1-2 weeks)
  • Tom Boyd (lower back) - is doing running but no specified return to full training, so no time soon
  • Lukas Webb (neck fracture) - fracture fully healed, graduated return to training is planned, "return to football" (whatever that means) in 6-8 weeks
Ongoing BF concerns and paranoia:
  • Bont's hip
  • Libba's knee - so far so good, in full training
  • Gower's wrist (broken in car accident) - delayed start to pre-season. Is he in full training now?
  • Suckling's achilles - seems OK now but at his age something to watch/manage
  • Dickson - getting brittle with age, fingers crossed
  • Dale - foot fracture seems to have healed, fingers crossed
  • Williams - ditto
  • English - ditto
  • Picken (multiple concussions) - nothing official. Unofficially reported by Mattie2016 to be OK and optimistic about playing. However Packofdogs has posted otherwise.
Please correct any errors or omissions.

Obviously the second category is mostly guesswork and hearsay. At least it's something to talk about during the tediously long off-season.
 

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Injuries we know of (official club injury news 21 Jan):
  • Bailey Smith (achilles tendon) - conservative approach to prize recruit, almost ready to join full training (1-2 weeks)
  • Tom Boyd (lower back) - is doing running but no specified return to full training, so no time soon
  • Lukas Webb (neck fracture) - fracture fully healed, graduated return to training is planned, "return to football" (whatever that means) in 6-8 weeks
Ongoing BF concerns and paranoia:
  • Bont's hip
  • Libba's knee - so far so good, in full training
  • Gower's wrist (broken in car accident) - delayed start to pre-season. Is he in full training now?
  • Suckling's achilles - seems OK now but at his age something to watch/manage
  • Dickson - getting brittle with age, fingers crossed
  • Dale - foot fracture seems to have healed, fingers crossed
  • Williams - ditto
  • English - ditto
  • Picken (multiple concussions) - nothing official. Unofficially reported by Mattie2016 to be OK and optimistic about playing. However Packofdogs has posted otherwise.
Please correct any errors or omissions.

Obviously the second category is mostly guesswork and hearsay. At least it's something to talk about during the tediously long off-season.
I think we can safely assume that the top three will have delayed starts to the season proper but what would be concerning is that several of the second group carry their 2018 injuries into this season. Plenty of time still to go before the start but we really do need to get these players fit if we are to improve. Hopefully our BF training watchers can update us regularly on who is doing what rather than relying on the less than full picture provided by the club.
 

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Injuries we know of (official club injury news 21 Jan):
  • Bailey Smith (achilles tendon) - conservative approach to prize recruit, almost ready to join full training (1-2 weeks)
  • Tom Boyd (lower back) - is doing running but no specified return to full training, so no time soon
  • Lukas Webb (neck fracture) - fracture fully healed, graduated return to training is planned, "return to football" (whatever that means) in 6-8 weeks
Ongoing BF concerns and paranoia:
  • Bont's hip
  • Libba's knee - so far so good, in full training
  • Gower's wrist (broken in car accident) - delayed start to pre-season. Is he in full training now?
  • Suckling's achilles - seems OK now but at his age something to watch/manage
  • Dickson - getting brittle with age, fingers crossed
  • Dale - foot fracture seems to have healed, fingers crossed
  • Williams - ditto
  • English - ditto
  • Picken (multiple concussions) - nothing official. Unofficially reported by Mattie2016 to be OK and optimistic about playing. However Packofdogs has posted otherwise.
Please correct any errors or omissions.

Obviously the second category is mostly guesswork and hearsay. At least it's something to talk about during the tediously long off-season.
Rehab group in the training camp at Mooloolaba included
  • Picken
  • Webb
  • Boyd
  • JJ
  • Lynch
We knew about the first three. No idea what's going on with JJ and Lynch though. Gowers and B.Smith seemed to be involved in the scratch match according to reports. So that's some progress.
 

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Rehab group in the training camp at Mooloolaba included
  • Picken
  • Webb
  • Boyd
  • JJ
  • Lynch
We knew about the first three. No idea what's going on with JJ and Lynch though. Gowers and B.Smith seemed to be involved in the scratch match according to reports. So that's some progress.
This is from August last year;

WESTERN Bulldogs star Jason Johannisen will have off-season surgery to correct a lingering hip injury.

The 25-year-old had been battling the complaint in the latter part of the season, and will go under the knife early next week.

The Bulldogs hope the minor clean-up won't hinder his preparation for the 2019 pre-season that will begin on November 19.

Star Bulldog set for hip surgery next week

I would assume JJ is in the back end of his recovery from his hip surgery
 

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There's a bit of comment on Boyd's recent progress in the Taylor Duryea radio interview on the WB website: approx 3 mins in. Probably not much that we haven't learnt before but it follows the theme that Boyd is doing the right things managing his back issue and is gradually increasing his loads. Not sure what this means for the coming season, perhaps the picture will be clearer by the start of JLT?
 

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