📑 AFLW’s Kirsten McLeod wants to raise awareness about the ongoing symptoms of concussion

Bookmarked AFLW’s Kirsten McLeod wants to raise awareness about the ongoing symptoms of concussion by Kate O’Halloran (ABC News)

AFLW premiership player Kirsten McLeod faces 12 months on the sideline due to the ongoing effects of concussion. Emerging evidence suggests that women’s experience of concussion differs from men’s, with the reason lying at the intersection of the biological and political.

Kate O’Halloran reports on Kirsten McLeod’s challenges with concussion. Whether it be balancing two jobs or the short length of the season, she explains how it serves as yet another point of inequity associated with AFLW.

Women are more likely to report concussions than men. But in a sporting environment where you have a short season — so NRLW is six weeks and AFLW isn’t significantly longer — women may not wish to report their symptoms.

Beyond the differences, this situation poses many questions that it does not feel have clear answers, especially in regards to the long term ramifications of head knocks.

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