August 20, 2019
The fraught debate would benefit from not mythologising athletes who play through injury
Australias fixation with heroic injuries hampers progress on concussion in sport | Megan Maurice
While Justin Langer referred to the decision to keep Steve Smith out of the third Test as a “no brainer”, with no apparent irony, the debate around concussion in sport continues to rage. Whether Smith should have returned to the pitch after Jofra Archer’s wicked delivery struck his helmet has been the cause of much contention.
But one of the bigger hurdles to jump in Australia is the mythologising of athletes who play through injury. From rugby league’s John Sattler playing the 1970 grand final with a broken jaw to Dermott Brereton playing on with two broken ribs and a ruptured kidney in the 1989 VFL grand final, Australian sport is full of tales of heroes who pushed through the pain against all medical advice. They are etched into the folklore of the game.
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