Venables concussion


Team Captain
Mar 11, 2015
AFL Club
West Coast
Concussion is a real issue across all contact sports, and could well be a sleeping giant as far as litigation goes.
Should Venables come back wearing a helmet? Will he be forced to wear a helmet by club doctors or has he got the right to decline one?
This is a very grey area within the AFL, and there doesn't seem to be a lot of consistency.
I had/have very high hopes for Venables in a WC jumper, he's quick, great swervability, good mark and kick. But long term health come well before any other considerations. I very interested to see how his career unfolds.

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Club Legend
Jul 3, 2011
Perth, WA
AFL Club
West Coast
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Man U, Jays, GS Warriors, Packers
Helmets do fu** all for concussions
This is true. They should really be used for protection against previously fractured skulls as they were protect the bone but they don’t protect the brain.

In fact you could argue they are worse for players as it often gives some players an added level of invincibility in that they will go harder with their thinking it’s protected.

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Blue Tree Project
Apr 1, 2009
AFL Club
West Coast
Other Teams
Everton, Delhi, Perth
Most of it will probably come down to luck. He could play the next 8 years unabated, or he could be knocked out first game back next year and never return. Seems to be the nature of the beast. Hopefully Lady Luck shines on Venners.


All Australian
May 24, 2007
AFL Club
West Coast
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NBA: Thunder
I think the route we went, not rushing him back will probably see him return and play out a career
I hope so but he may have some long term trauma and ongoing symptoms which is also why he is held out for so long.

This article is interesting and talks about the second impact syndrome

Second Impact Syndrome
Although in most cases, a single concussion is a fairly minor injury and could hardly be considered a life-threatening condition, the rare second-impact syndrome draws attention to the importance of careful evaluation of concussions in all athletes. Second impact syndrome is believed to occur when neurons that have already been placed in a vulnerable state by an initial concussion are exposed to a second, sometimes extremely minor, insult. The second impact appears to cause the affected region of the brain to lose complete control of its ability to regulate the pressure in the brain’s blood vessels. Massive, and typically irreversible, brain swelling and death usually result. Although extremely rare, the risks of second impact syndrome require that any athlete with post-concussive symptoms be carefully protected from further head injury while he/she is still experiencing these symptoms.

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150 game legend.
Sep 1, 2014
Perth SOR
AFL Club
West Coast
I think club did the right thing. One of our higher picks and only promising looking mid we have and plus we had the luxury of being a contending side.


Club Legend
May 1, 2007
AFL Club
West Coast
Really serious issue, obviously, but I think both the club and DV have done the right thing here. Didn’t rush back, watched for any ongoing symptoms, and now can start the preseason he’s effectively missed each year since he came to the club. I have full belief that he will have won many over this time next year. Think personally he’s set for a big year and this was probably a silver lining moment for him that he gets the time to really focus on getting fully fit.

You only have to look at McCartin, who freely admits being able to exploit the preseason testing to be able to play through concussion symptoms to see what happens when players feel they have to push through the symptoms. That’s on club culture, IMO.


Hat wearer
Apr 25, 2012
AFL Club
West Coast
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stirling senators
That knock he took in the collision was brutal.Replays dont really convey the speed and force of it.
I'm happy the club gave him time to recover and hope it all goes to plan.


Norm Smith Medallist
Oct 22, 2012
Trapped in a glass box of emotion
AFL Club
West Coast
Vosso said earlier in the season that venables could have come back and played but we viewed him as a ten year player so time off for the rest of the year was in dans and the clubs intrest .

Great to see there was not any pressure on him to get himself right .

This will probably be his first preseason without any injuries stopping him from attacking it at full tilt .

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