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AFLPA Blasts Essendon Players Raw Deal

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

Just as the trade period was winding down, it was announced that ASADA was issuing show cause notices to 34 former and current Essendon players in relation to the 2012 supplements program. The notices were individually tailored for each player and included 350 pages which allege the use of the banned peptide Thymosin beta-4. The lengthy documents include summaries of the alleged use and detailed evidence which the players had requested some time ago.

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Saint Saad Under Drug Cloud

 by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

Just days after Dean Robinson's televised interview, small St Kilda forward Ahmed Saad was informed that he returned a positive test for a banned substance. Saad, who said he was "surprised and extremely disappointed", is believed to have ingested a supplement which contains a stimulant banned only on match days. Otherwise its use is permitted.

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Tippett Agent Suspended

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

The final chapter of the Kurt Tippett saga was played out with the AFLPA Agent Accreditation Board handing down a decision regarding Tippett's agent

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Post-Concussion Studies Priority

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

With the recent death of NFL player Junior Seau, the focus on sports players and the long-term effects of repeated concussions has come to the fore more than ever before. Seau is not the first NFL player to die prematurely as a result of multiple concussions and several former AFL players have also publicly stated they have had issues as the result of concussions during their playing days.

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