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Sunday Night special: the price of playing the game

Yahoo!7 February 25, 2013, 9:51 am

As Australia's football codes grapple with allegations of doping and match-fixing, Sunday Night has taken a look at another issue that is threatening the games we love.

Head knocks and concussions have gone hand-in-hand with most football codes for centuries, but the true impact of these brutal sports is only just coming to light.

And as Peter FitzSimmons explains, the initial findings may shock you.

FitzSimmons, himself a former rugby player, has spoken to doctors behind a world first study in Australia that is exploring the effects of concussion on living former players.

Using former professional footballers Greg Williams and Shaun Valentine as examples, the study has exposed the frightening link between contact sport and brain diseases like dementia.

"Amazing stuff on #sn7 with long term brain damage," tweeted current Geelong AFL midfielder James Kelly on Sunday.

"Probably have to ask if it’s at the end of the day it's all worth it??".

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  1. Hach01:54pm Monday 25th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    The difference is Red Herring... u were born that bloody stupid!!!

  2. Hach01:53pm Monday 25th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Hey Cal!! You are the stupid one..."who cares", u say??... Well... u wouldn't care about the article, sleazebag if u didn't make a comment. You are definitely a Moron!!!

  3. Cal12:05pm Monday 25th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    That is why they get the big bucks. Because their career is not long term and can end suddenly due to injury. Ultimately who cares that is their choice.

  4. Red_Herring11:56am Monday 25th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    AHHH Now i know why Abbott is so stupid..I thought he was just born stupid!!

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