Retired West Coast premiership participant Daniel Venables believes he might nonetheless be taking part in within the AFL had he acquired correct therapy for his career-ending concussion-related points which included an alarming seven mind bleeds.
Venables performed his final recreation for the Eagles three years in the past when he was concerned in a frightful collision that noticed his head join flush with Melbourne ahead Tim Smith’s hip in a marking contest, earlier than hitting his head closely once more on the bottom shortly after.
To at the present time, the 23-year-old remains to be coping with the after-effects of that hit to his head however on the time, Venables claimed the AFL‘s controversial concussion adviser Paul McCrory advised him to do “nothing”.
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McCrory is now topic to AFL and impartial investigations amid allegations of scientific plagiarism and an enforceable endeavor he offered to the Medical Board of Australia designed to limit components of his work.
“I used to be advised to do nothing just about, and I received placed on antidepressants to repair my complications,” Venables advised Channel 7.
“Seven bleeds in my mind, and I didn’t do something about it.”
The previous No. 13 draft choose says the AFL “100 per cent” let him down.
“I wasted a number of time, crucial a part of my rehab,” he mentioned.
“Yeah, for positive (I could possibly be taking part in footy).
“There have been a number of pink flags trying again on it, and it’s shattering.”
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Venables went to America in June on an AFL- and West Coast-funded journey to endure a neurological program which noticed him do 4 periods a day, 5 days per week.
“It’s like doing two years’ value of rehab in a one-month block which is fairly difficult,” he mentioned.
“I’ve a flicker in my eye that goes to the left, which causes a number of complications and neck ache.
“I’m making an attempt to retrain my eyes again to regular, so by transferring in all kinds of angles (within the Gyro Sphere, the neurologist) is making an attempt to focus on the precise aspect of my mind, which is the place I had my seven bleeds.”
As a part of this system, electrical currents have been carried out to stimulate Venables’ mind and muscle tissues to work in live performance.
“They put a present on one aspect of my neck, and it flowed throughout my head,” Venables mentioned.
Whereas Venables feels clearly let down by the AFL, and lays a lot of the blame at their ft for the scenario he now finds himself in, he nonetheless thinks that his former membership can do extra to guard their gamers.
“If the AFL aren’t going to, then I really feel like West Coast ought to take it into their very own arms independently and get this goal baseline testing firstly of the 12 months, whether or not that’s ocular testing, vestibular testing or cognition testing,” he mentioned.
“It should take the gamers three hours to do, however it may possibly save their lives to be trustworthy.”