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AFL careers and injuries: Perspectives of former players

The aim of this study was to investigate past AFL players recall of receiving serious injuries and concussion while playing in the AFL.

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Australian Rules Football (ARF) is a contact sport with a disproportionately high number of associated injuries compared with other sports played in Australia. Players in the elite Australian Football League (AFL) competition are typically exposed to extreme mental, physical and tactical demands when striving for success at this level. The average playing career is approximately 6.2 years. For many AFL players, receiving a serious injury and losing the chance to compete is one of their biggest fears. While AFL players are aware their sport contains a risk of serious injury and the annual injury rates reported by the AFL since 1992 show serious injuries do occur, there remains a paucity of information on the longer term effects of these injuries following retirement from the game.

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