Prof Dr Margie Sharpe

Prof Dr Margie Sharpe

Concussion policy is out of bounds on the full

Concussion policy is out of bounds on the full AFL concussion policy is out of bounds on the full. Still image from Daniel Venables interview with West Coast Eagles.

I have been writing about the AFL concussion policy for some time now, but recent revelations that the league’s key concussion adviser, Dr Paul McCrory, has allegedly committed scientific plagiarism, has prompted me to raise some fundamental issues again, for the sake of AFL players and their families, along with all players of contact sports […]

Covid-19 inner ear infections affecting balance and hearing

Covid-19 inner ear infections affecting balance and hearing Understanding audio-vestibular symptoms in Covid-19 patients. Photo by Fusion Medical Animation on Unsplash.

Pandemic health measures have so far concentrated on mouths and noses but according to a new study, Covid-19 inner ear infections are quite possible and may lead to balance issues and hearing loss. As a neuro-vestibular physiotherapist, my interest is to raise understanding of audio-vestibular symptoms in Covid-19 patients and contribute to remedial and prevention […]

Domestic violence and brain injury consequences

Domestic violence and brain injury consequences Domestic violence and brain injury consequences. Photo by Sydney Sims on Unsplash

As there is an awakening about head and neck trauma and concussion through sport injuries and in falls, there are a growing number of articles highlighting the link between family and domestic violence and brain injury. Most recently, Stuff, from New Zealand, published an article, Life-changing brain injuries in domestic violence survivors going unrecognised, which […]

Falls and concussions in the elderly: A health issue sidelined by sport

Falls and concussions in the elderly: A health issue sidelined by sport Falls and concussions in the elderly: A health issue sidelined by sport - dizziness and balance disorders centre Adelaide

While I’m thrilled mild traumatic brain injury in sport is finally getting the attention it deserves, falls and concussion in the elderly is at risk of being lost in the shadows. I understand the drama of high impact collisions in sport does grab our attention and headlines quite readily, but there are many older Australians […]

Sport concussion awareness is growing: We are making a difference

Sport concussion awareness is growing: We are making a difference Sport concussion awareness increasing. Photo by Quino Al on Unsplash

I have been writing a lot about head injury lately, and it appears that contact sport concussion awareness is growing, albeit with some sobering caveats. The latest cause for optimism is the position taken by AFL general manager of football Brad Scott, who has been reported by the ABC as warning players that next season […]

Your neck bone is connected to your head bone: Understanding concussion and its knock-on effects

Your neck bone is connected to your head bone: Understanding concussion and its knock-on effects Your neck bone is connected to your head bone: Understanding concussion and its knock on effects.. Photo by Village Cricket Co via Unsplash

As a neuro-vestibular physiotherapist who has been treating people with the knock-on effects of mild traumatic brain injury for many decades, my view is our society is taking two steps forward and one step back when it comes to understanding concussion and putting proper safeguards and treatment regimes into place. And this is because our […]