Tag Archives: concussion

Wayne Holdsworth’s mission for change and suicide prevention involves 3 point plan plus NRL 2024 season preview – Sportzfan Radio #497

The panel of the Professor, the Judge, Coutta and Paul Dalligan spoke with Wayne Holdsworth about the death of his son Mac and his mission for change on suicide to spare other families the same heartbreak. He has a three point plan and talks about suicide prevention with the panel. Paul Dalligan provides his preview of the 2024 NRL season and the panel also discussed the Australian Institute of Sport’s new guidelines for concussion.


If you are facing a mental health crisis or suicidal ideation, you are not alone. Help is available.

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Associate Professor Michael Buckland talks CTE, concussion and contact sports

The panel of the Professor, the Judge, the Gelding and Paul Dalligan talk with Associate Professor Michael Buckland, Head of the Department of Neuropathology at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the Australian Sports Brain Bank about Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), concussion, the cumulative effect of hits to the head and body and the relevance of the number of years a person plays contact sports to the development of CTE.

For further details about CTE go to brainbank.org.au

CTE Exposed: The Alarming Connection to repeated Brain Injuries – Prof Alan Pearce

The Professor and the panel of the Judge, the Gelding, Coutta and Paul Dalligan talk with special guest Professor Allan Pearce about the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia’s (RCPA) position statement on CTE and repeated traumatic brain injuries and their 5 point call to action points. Paul Dalligan comments on Australia’s loss to New Zealand in the Pacific Cup and the influx of players to the Canterbury Bulldogs. The Gelding reviews the One Day cricket World Cup and previews the finals between Australia and South Africa and India playing New Zealand. The Professor and Coutta discuss the AFLW finals matches being played this weekend and the Gelding gives his tips for Benalla and Ararat races.

Can the current NCAA model survive, NRL & NRLW finals review, International Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport – Sportzfan Radio #491

The Professor and the panel of the Judge, Coutta, Paul Dalligan and Dan Butterly discuss whether the NCAA can survive all the things that are currently happening such as the collapse of the PAC-12 conference, the resulting re-structure of the other Conferences and the student athlete cases of House v NCAA and Johnson v NCAA. Paul Dalligan reviews the NRL and NRLW preliminary finals and previews the Grand Finals in each competition. The panel talk about the consensus statement on concussion in sport.

Dr Alan Pearce comments on Senate Committee report into Concussion & Head Trauma in contact sports – Sportzfan Radio #490

The Professor and the panel of the Judge, the Gelding, Coutta, Dan Butterly and Paul Dalligan talk with special guest, Neurophysiologist Dr Alan Pearce about the recent release of the Senate committee’s report into Concussion and Repeated Head Trauma in Contact Sports. They also looked at the results of the recent Boston University study that discovered 41% of young athlete’s (under 30) brains on autopsy had signs of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).

Paul Dalligan reviewed NRL finals week 1 and put his prediction of how the NRL ladder would look like at the end of the season under the microscope.

Dan Butterly previewed both the NFL and College football seasons and gave his long range predictions on who would playoff in the Super Bowl and College Championship game.

The Gelding had some race tips for this afternoon’s Sale and Casterton meetings.

Dr Alan Pearce discusses CTE & concussion – Sportzfan Radio #486

The Professor and the panel of the Judge, the Gelding and Paul Dalligan speak with special guest, Dr Alan Pearce, Neurophysiologist about CTE & concussion and the diagnosis of the first female athlete with CTE. Paul Dalligan previews State of Origin 3 and looks at round 19 of the NRL season. The Gelding comments on Johnny Bairstow’s unusual dismissal in the second Ashes test and says the third test is delicately poised prior to the fourth day’s play with Australia needing quick wickets to put the pressure on England.

Link between concussion in sport & CTE explained by Professor Michael Buckland, Sportzfan Radio #482

Special guest, Professor Michael Buckland, Head of Neuropathology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the founder and Director of the Australian Sports Brain Bank talks about the effects of concussion on the brain and the link to CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy). Amongst other things he said it’s not just the number of concussions sustained that is relevant but the number of years of contact sport played that is also pertinent to developing CTE. Therefore, it’s important to try and delay the age at which a child has first exposure to full contact sport. For further details about CTE go to brainbank.org.au

Paul Dalligan and the panel reviewed round 9 of the NRL season and discussed the announcement of the NRLW season opener between Gold Coast Titans and North Queensland Cowboys on 22 July 2023.

The panel also returned to the vexed discussion of the new stadium at Macquarie Point in Hobart being funded jointly by the Federal Government (about 38% of total cost, the Tasmanian State Government (59%) and to a much lesser extent by the AFL (2.3%).

Aleksandra Gozt – the effects of concussion on the brain

When we spoke with Aleksandra she was a Ph D student in Biomedical Sciences at Curtin University in Perth. Aleksandra or Ola for short was involved in a Concussion Recovery study (CREST) and joined the panel to talk about the effects of mild traumatic brain injury or, as it is more commonly known, concussion.

Sportzfan Radio show for 15 November 2020 (Ep 374)

If you missed today’s Sportzfan Radio , we spoke with Aleksandra (Ola) Gotz from Curtin University about the CREST program, Dan Butterly about the Miami Marlins hiring Kim Ng as GM and Paul Dalligan gave a preview of game 3 in State of Origin – view it on our Facebook page.