Football's body blows

  • 76 per cent of past players experienced serious injuries in elite football.
  • Of those who reported serious injuries, 64 per cent are still aff ected in daily life by their previous VFL/AFL ailments.
  • Of those who reported serious injuries, 60 per cent require on-going treatment for old football injuries.
  • 6 per cent have treatment costs covered by their old VFL/AFL club or the AFL Players Association.
  • 73 per cent experienced concussion during their elite career.
  • A ‘‘high incidence’’ of multiple concussions experienced by those who reporting a serious injury.

Source: University of Western Australia study research commissioned by the AFL Players Association and surveyed 592 retired VFL/AFL players (average age 51.1 years, average playing career 7.7 years).