Diesel wants concussion breaks

Written By Unknown on Senin, 25 Februari 2013 | 14.43

Greg Williams says he doesn't remember much from Carlton's 1995 premiership. Source: Herald Sun

BROWNLOW medallist Greg Williams, who has a degenerative brain disease, says the AFL should force players who suffer multiple concussions to take compulsory two-month breaks.

The former Carlton star has been battling chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a condition commonly associated with athletes involved in contact sports.

His comments come as the AFL prepares to host a major conference on concussion at Etihad Stadium next month before Round 1.

Williams says he has forgotten large portions of his career, which included 250 games with Geelong, the Sydney Swans and Carlton from 1984-1997.

He was one of six former AFL players and an ex-NRL player who had been taking part in a testing program at Deakin University.

All had shown signs of brain disease.

Williams called on the AFL to do more to protect players, saying several concussions were still not being diagnosed properly and some at-risk players should not be competing every week.

"I'm not an expert but I just think players who are great players like (Geelong's Joel) Selwood and (Sydney's Kurt) Tippett and these guys are getting knocked out two or three times a year and they're nearly playing the week after,'' Williams told SEN.

"There are different levels of concussion and if you're a certain level and you get knocked out there's got to be a one-month, two-month lay-off.

"They've got to get treatment and they've got to make sure that they're right before they come back.''

Williams said he'd been fully concussed about four times in his career but warned that continual head knocks could lead to minor concussion.

Greg Williams cops a heavy bump from Essendon's Michael Prior in 1997. Picture: Michael Dodge Source: Herald Sun

He said the league needed to make changes to the issue of concussion across the board, including in suburban and country leagues.

"They're not getting diagnosed and they're not getting treated properly and there are going to have to be changes and I'm sure there will be in the years ahead,'' Williams said.

Officials from all AFL clubs will attend the March 20-21 conference which is being held to provide the league with the most up-to-date information available on head injuries.

The Concussion in Sport conference will include representatives from a range of sports and be run in conjunction with rugby league and rugby union, but will be open to any sporting group who needs to deal with concussion.

I know I started '84 at Geelong ... But the specifics, like the Grand Final after the game in the rooms, I remember nothing about that.

It will be held one week after the release of new guidelines on the management of concussion in sport which follow the 2012 Zurich International Consensus Conference on Concussion.

AFL Medical Officers Association Officer Dr Hugh Seward, who attended the Zurich Conference, said some new initiatives relating to the match-day management of concussion would be released at the conference.

"We are adding a few more strategic aspects to the decision-making particularly with regard to how (doctors) should approach video analysis (for evaluation purposes),'' Seward said.

'I cant remember Grand Final'

Williams says he cannot remember the highlight of his career, the 1995 Blues premiership, despite winning the Norm Smith Medal and kicking five goals.

"Obviously I know that I won the premiership in 1995 and things like that, but I don't remember a lot about the game, no I don't," he has told Channel 7's Sunday Night program.

"I know I started '84 at Geelong, '86 I can remember, all those main dates, and the Grand Final loss in '93 and won the Brownlow in '94.

"But the specifics as you say, like the Grand Final after the game in the rooms, I remember nothing about that."

Williams said that in his playing days there were no club rules regarding concussion. If you were knocked out and you recovered you were sent back on.

"If you didn't you were a wimp - it was just tradition, you got up and kept going,'' he said.

Carlton champion Greg Williams gets attention from a trainer. Source: Herald Sun

His wife Mary has noticed the changes in her husband of 26 years - his forgetfulness and his temper, which she says is getting worse.

"He'll snap at me for no reason, and you think, what's going on here?'' she said.

She said the worst part would be if she had to care for him as he got older and he didn't recognise her.

The revelations come as Melbourne pulled young midfielder Rohan Bail from contact drills for six weeks after he suffered two concussions during the pre-season.

Bail missed four weeks last season after suffering a head knock in Round 9.

Williams is one of six former AFL players and one NRL player who have had CTE testing by Deakin University's Alan Pearce.

All seven have shown symptoms of permanent brain disease.

Researchers are investigating the link between head knocks and CTE, dementia and depression.

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