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Ex-AFL star Jack Frost reveals shocking toll of over 14 concussions – Wide World of Sports

‘I haven’t been able to leave the house’

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Former AFL star Jack Frost has revealed the emotional and physical toll of concussions suffered during his footy career.
Frost only played 56 games in the AFL, with a majority of his time spent at Collingwood (54 games) and a very brief stint at the Brisbane Lions (2 games) before he was forced into retirement in 2018 due to repeated concussions.
Remarkably, in just six years in the AFL Frost had suffered 14 concussions – in addition to those he had before reaching the AFL – and unfortunately the effects of those knocks still hugely impact his life today.
“I’ve come a long way since I first retired but I still suffer from little things like noise,” Frost told SEN Breakfast.
“Like if I go to a cafe or a supermarket and it’s all hustle bustle, I start to shutdown a little bit which is pretty frustrating. So a lot of day-to-day tasks are still quite difficult for me.”
Collingwood’s Jack Frost in 2013 (Nine)
Frost said the lockdown Victorians are experiencing following a spike in coronavirus cases recently is basically what he goes through most days.
“It’s sort of what I’ve been doing for the past two years really,” the 28-year-old said.
“I haven’t been able to leave the house. Couldn’t leave a dark room. Couldn’t hold conversations. Couldn’t remember anything. So I’ve seen some bad stuff.”
Frost revealed the very moment that he knew his playing days were numbered, following a concussion playing in a NEAFL match, when his head hit another player’s hip, but he was not knocked out.
“I couldn’t see for about 20 minutes,” Frost said.
“I remember kneeling on the ground and sort of thought, ‘This could be it. I can’t keep doing this sort of stuff’.
“The professional medical advice at the time was that it was highly recommended to stop playing because if I keep going down this path I’m not going to end up well at all.”
Footy legend Graham ‘Polly’ Farmer was found to have CTE after his death. (The Age)
After he retired, Frost said he couldn’t train properly because of the detrimental effect the concussions had on his heart.
“The last couple of years I haven’t been able to get my heart rate up at all,” he said.
“Doing any form of exercise would make me feel like my head was going to blow off my shoulders.
“That’s actually a pretty common symptom for concussion when you’re out for a long time, but that’s been one of my longer ongoing issues.
“My heart rate doesn’t gradually come down when it’s supposed to or go up when it’s supposed to, it’s sort of all over the shop so it makes exercise very hard. Even when I go from laying down to standing up, my heart rate goes right up when it shouldn’t.”
Frost said he wasn’t able to watch AFL for a while.
In retrospect Frost candidly admitted that he didn’t believe the treatment he received at the time was sufficient, although methods for dealing with concussions and associated after-effects has developed in recent years.
“Looking back on it,

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Derrick Lewis promises to be even scarier after more weight loss, ready to ‘finish’ Curtis Blaydes next – MMA Fighting

Derrick Lewis plans to take some time off to lose a few more pounds. But he likes the idea of squaring off next with Curtis Blaydes.

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Derrick Lewis already has the most knockouts in UFC heavyweight history, but he believes after shedding a few more pounds, he might be even more terrifying when he next sets foot in the octagon.
The Houston native closed out the UFC Vegas 6 card on Saturday night with a punishing performance, finishin Aleksei Oleinik with vicious punches in the second round. Ahead of the fight, Lewis upped his training regimen, and while he tipped the scales at 265 pounds, he looked in better shape than almost …

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Why Michigan lost the recruiting battle for Clarkston OL Rocco Spindler – MLive.com

Spindler chose Notre Dame over Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and LSU on Saturday. But the decision had been planted more than a year ago.

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CLARKSTON, Mich. The Notre Dame theme song blared from the speakers at the football stadium outside Clarkston High School on Saturday, as Rocco Spindler and his family two of his sisters, his mother and father all put on navy blue hats to celebrate.
The states top offensive lineman had made his choice. It was a hair splitting one, Spindler and his father would later say, but one rooted nearly a year ago.
With the media huddled around him, the 6-foot-4, 315-pound prospect told reporters of the …

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‘Put a line through’ powerhouse’s flag hopes; Blues must go ‘all in’ on free agent: AFL Talking Points – Fox Sports

An AFL powerhouse, thought to be one of the top flag contenders heading into the year, is done according to Hall of Famer.

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Plus the multimillion-dollar free agent Carlton needs – and who they could trade to get better.
Catch up on the big headlines from the last week of footy in foxfooty.com.aus Talking Points.
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