NRL

Former players ‘hanging on by a thread’


Jarrod Sierocki

NRL: Former Queensland prop David Shillington says a five week ban for Sia Soliola was a fair call for his hit on Billy Slater.

Research into the effects of concussion.

MATTY Johns fears former NRL players may be experiencing the ill effects of concussions suffered during their playing days.

A shocking US study into the brains of NFL players revealed 99 per cent showed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a debilitating brain disease.

It prompted calls from a leading Australian researcher to build a “brain bank” so similar testing can be performed on our own stars.

The increased focus on player welfare in recent times has led to the NRL introducing stricter guidelines to deal with concussion.

However, a lax attitude had been taken with regard to the injury in the past with Johns recalling a dose of smelling salts was the cure to a head knock.

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