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Kennedy confident in concussion protocols

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An analysis of the brain of St Kilda champion Danny Frawley shows he suffered from Stage 2 CTE, chronic traumatic encephalopathy; the same neurological disorder as Graham “Polly” Farmer.

There is a growing concern about the long term effects of head knocks in sports, but West Coast Eagle forward Josh Kennedy says the AFL is better educated these days.

Kennedy is banned from playing in tonight’s match against Essendon because he suffered concussion symptoms after a knock to the head in last Thursday night’s loss against Richmond.

“A lot of guys do get a fair few knocks and it is a concerning thing in sport,” Kennedy told 6PR Breakfast.
“The game’s changed a fair bit in terms of the protocols that go through with concussion now to help prevent things like that.”

“Like tonight, I’m not allowed to play because of the 6-7 day rule with concussion, it’s put in place so you do have time to heal and time to get back up and get your brain settled and right before you do go back into a contact situation.”

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