Daniel Venables says concussion treatment could have saved his career, head shots, sequelae, brain bleeds, latest

Former West Coast Premier Daniel Venables believes he could still play in the AFL if he received proper treatment for his career-ending concussion issues, including seven alarming brain bleeds.

Venables played his last game for the Eagles three years ago when he was involved in a horrific collision which saw his head connect low to the hip of Melbourne striker Tim Smith during a contest of tagging, before hitting his head heavily on the ground again soon after.

To this day, the 23-year-old is still dealing with the aftermath of that blow to the head, but at the time Venables claimed controversial AFL concussion adviser Paul McCrory told him said to “do nothing”.

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McCrory is now subject to the AFL and independent investigations amid allegations of scientific plagiarism and an enforceable undertaking he provided to the Medical Board of Australia aimed at restricting elements of his work.

“I was told not to do pretty much anything, and was put on antidepressants to cure my headaches,” Venables told Channel 7.

“Seven bleeds in my brain, and I haven’t done anything about it.”

Venables retired at the end of 2018 (Photo by Will Russell/AFL Media/Getty Images)Source: FOX SPORTS

The former No.13 draft pick says the AFL “100%” let him down.

“I lost a lot of time, the most important part of my rehabilitation,” he said.

“Yeah sure (I could play soccer).

“There were a lot of red flags looking back, and it’s upsetting.”


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Venables went to America in June on an AFL-funded trip to the West Coast to complete a neurological program that saw him do four sessions a day, five days a week.

“It’s like doing two years of rehab in a one-month block, which is quite difficult,” he said.

“I have a twinkle in my eye that goes to the left, which causes a lot of headaches and neck pain.

“I’m trying to get my eyes back to normal, so moving through all sorts of angles (in the gyroscopic sphere, the neurologist) is trying to target the right side of my brain, where I had my seven bleeds. ”

As part of the program, electrical currents were used to stimulate Venables’ brain and muscles to work in concert.

“They put a current on one side of my neck, and it went through my head,” Venables said.

Although Venables clearly feels let down by the AFL and blames them for the situation he finds himself in now, he still believes his former club can do more to protect their players.

“If the AFL doesn’t do it, then I think the west coast should independently take it up and get those basic objective tests at the start of the year, whether it’s eye tests, vestibular tests or cognitive tests,” he said. said.

“It will take the players three hours, but it may save their lives to be honest.”

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