Archive for April 2nd, 2011

Concussions

Good morning John,

John, who called earlier, was asking about concussions and which sport stands players down the next week if they're concussed. I'm not sure about Rugby, which he was talking about, but the AFL have introduced a rule this year where if a player receives a concussion on the field, they are not allowed back on the field that day. They don't stop the players from returning the following week if they doctors think they're fit to play, but they are absolutely not allowed back on that day.

So far this year this has caused two players to be sidelined for the remainder of the match. Geelong's Joel Selwood last week who was knocked out and had to be taken to hospital, and Richmond's Jack Riewoldt last night who landed very hard on the ground and received medical attention in the dressing rooms for some time. He didn't have to go to hospital, but he was concussed so the doctors kept him off the field and the team played their substitute player.

Personally I think it's a good rule. Concussions can be tricky things to deal with and the extent of them isn't necessarily known for a while, so whenever there's a head injury it's better to be safe than sorry and keep the player confined for a while, both for the player's health's sake, and the team's sake, because I don't think that any player, no matter how good they are, is going to make sensible judgements and play to their full potential while they're concussed.

All the best!

Samuel Gordon-Stewart
Canberra

April 2nd, 2011 at 02:46am

Samuel’s Footy Tips: results from the first few weeks

It’s been a few weeks, so I probably should run through the results of my tipping…if I don’t do it now, there’s a good chance that I’ll never get around to it. So, here goes.

NRL Round 1
Broncos V Cowboys red cross
Roosters V Rabbitohs green tick
Titans V Dragons green tick
Warriors V Eels green tick
Storm V Sea Eagles red cross
Raiders V Sharks red cross
Panthers V Knights red cross
Bulldogs V Tigers green tick

NRL Round 1: 4/8 (50%)
NRL Total: 4/8 (50%)
Overall Total: 4/8 (50%)

NRL Round 2
Eels V Panthers red cross
Raiders V Broncos green tick
Storm V Titans green tick
Tigers V Warriors red cross
Cowboys V Knights red cross
Rabbitohs V Bulldogs green tick
Roosters V Sea Eagles green tick
Sharks V Dragons red cross

NRL Round 2: 4/8 (50%)
NRL Total: 8/16 (50%)
Overall Total: 8/16 (50%)

AFL Round 1
Blues V Tigers green tick
Cats V Saints red cross
Magpies V Power green tick
Crows V Hawks green tick
Lions V Dockers green tick
Bombers V Bulldogs red cross
Demons V Swans (Drawn match: half a tipping point)
Eagles V Kangaroos green tick

AFL Round 1: 5.5/8 (68.75%)
AFL Total: 5.5/8 (68.75%)

NRL Round 3
Eels V Souths green tick
Titans V Broncos green tick
Panthers V Sharks red cross
Tigers V Raiders green tick
Warriors V Dragons red cross
Bulldogs V Roosters green tick
Sea Eagles V Knights red cross
Cowboys V Storm green tick

NRL Round 3: 5/8 (62.50%)
NRL Total: 13/24 (54.17%)

Week Total: 10.5/16 (65.63%)
Overall Total: 18.5/32 (57.81%)

And so the graphs after the first three weeks.

Week-by-week tipping

Running totals

Samuel

April 2nd, 2011 at 01:56am


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