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Lance Franklin Out Indefinitely

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

Shortly after Round 23 concluded, the Swans announced that Lance Franklin was suffering from, and being treated for, an undisclosed mental health issue.

It was also reported that Franklin had suffered a minor epileptic seizure at a cafe on the Friday morning before Sydney's match against Gold Coast. He was taken to a hospital, treated and released. Although hospital doctors recommended he not play that weekend, Sydney's medical staff cleared him to play.

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Concussion Claims Kangaroo Adams

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

Just as Round 19 was underway, and amid the Adam Goodes controversy, Kangaroo player Leigh Adams quietly announced his retirement from football. Adams, nicknamed "Patch", has suffered a few head knocks and concussions over the course of his career and consulted North Melbourne medical staff as well as several specialists before making his decision. Adams, 27, took the medical advice and decided his health must take priority.

Adams, who was known for his fierce attack on the ball and a willingness to throw himself into contests, suffered a concussion late in 2014 and missed that Finals series.

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Injuries Claim Players from Cats and Kangaroos

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

An ankle injury he has been unable to overcome has forced Cats' ruckman Hamish McIntosh to retire, effective immediately. He will undergo surgery soon and admitted the days leading to his announcement had been a bit emotional and that his decision was sad. McIntosh said "It's sad ... I've been a bit of a mess ... it's been an amazing journey ... for 13 years for ... North Melbourne and here. It's been a ball, it's been so much fun ... ".

McIntosh, 30, was originally drafted by North Melbourne in 2002 but was hampered by injuries in his first two seasons. He finally made his debut early in 2005.

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Eagles Confirm Finals Credentials With Win Over Collingwood

Rick Browner reporting for AFANA from Perth

Even if you remember these events from 2003 - the space shuttle Columbia disintegrating on its return to Earth, Andre Agassi winning the Australian Open in tennis and Netscape being taken down for Mozilla - you will be forgiven if you don’t remember that 2003 was the last time that the West Coast Eagles defeated the Collingwood Magpies in Melbourne.
Gaff Held Up
2003 was a very long time ago in football terms and the Magpies may have expected the trend to continue as second placed Eagles traveled to Etihad Stadium in Round 16. All things must pass and so it was with the hoodoo when - despite horrific shooting on goals - the Eagles ran over top of the cooling Pies.
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Concussion Claims Another Career

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

Brisbane defender Matt Maguire has been forced into retirement due to a severe concussion suffered during a NEAFL match on Anzac Day (April 25). Maguire, 31, began his career with St Kilda in 2002 and

played 99 games for the Saints before a badly broken leg interrupted his career. He joined the Lions in 2009 and played 71 games. He has played just two games this season.

Although Brisbane's medical staff were confident Maguire would fully recover, he had still been suffering after-effects of the concussion - headaches, head and neck pain, blurred vision and dizziness. He had scans two months ago which revealed several blood clots on his brain. According to Maguire, the symptoms have prevented him from training or running properly so he could return to play. It was the seventh concussion Maguire has suffered over the course of his career. While he was assured by specialists that the symptoms would subside, he was told that it would take time.

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Knee Injury Ends Judd Career

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

Six minutes into the first quarter at Carlton's Round 10 match against Adelaide, Chris Judd landed awkwardly and his knee buckled. Later, the worst was confirmed. Judd had ruptured his ACL. When asked by a reporter later that night if it was probably the end, Judd replied "Yep". Two days later, Judd confirmed that he was retiring. Judd admitted that it wasn't easy to walk away from football, calling it his life's passion. Even he knew it was the end when the injury was confirmed. He described his career as "... an incredible fortunate journey" from which he will take many fond memories.

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AFL Not Alone On Concussion

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

Euphemistically called "seeing stars" or "getting your bell rung" can make concussion sound mildly amusing. We have all heard the expression "punch drunk" when referring to boxers who suffer slurred speech and other symptoms which resemble inebriation. In reality, there is nothing amusing about a blow to the head which causes injury to the brain. That is exactly what a concussion is - a traumatic brain injury or TBI. How a person is affected by such an injury depends partly on the area of the brain which is the most affected by a blow. Such injuries can occur in a number of ways - the head hitting the ground, a collision with another person or the constant pummeling two contestants inflict upon each other in a boxing ring. Even in soccer, which is primarily a non-contact sport, players are not immune with players who use their heads to make contact with the ball at risk for a concussion. The same can be said of baseball where, although the incidence may be lower than in other sports, players may still be at risk for collisions. This might occur for example if two outfielders collide while running with eyes only on a fly ball or batters and pitchers get hit with a ball traveling at great speed.

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Down And Out Already

The season is barely one week old and already several players are going to be sidelined for a number of weeks. The clubs have the option of promoting a rookie to the senior list to replace the injured players who must remain on the long-term injury list for a minimum of 6-8 weeks regardless of their recovery progress.

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Grand Final Injury Update

Collingwood and St Kilda look to have few injury concerns as they get ready to pick their best 22 players for the Grand Final on Saturday. All reports indicate that Saints Nick Dal Santo and Jason Gram and Magpie Jason Ball, who appeared to sustain slight injuries in last week's Preliminary Finals, will be available and fit for selection.

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Preliminary Final Injury Update

ST KILDA
Steven Baker, broken toe
Raphael Clarke, hamstring, long term injury list
Jarryn Geary, general soreness
Jesse Smith, ankle, long term injury list

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