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    Heart, brain tests for NRL players (cue jokes about players with no heart & brains)

    Post by No Worries on Thu Oct 08, 2015 1:07 pm

    For the first time, all players will reportedly undergo a heart scan next NRL season before they take the field.

    Fairfax Media is reporting NRL and under-20s players will undergo electrocardiogram (ECG) screening ahead of the opening round, in a move funded by the governing body. Players might also undergo MRI scans in the pre-season and will be retested if they suffer a concussion as a way of tracking any brain damage.

    Club doctors and the NRL's chief medical officer Paul Bloomfield met for five hours on Saturday at league headquarters, with topics including concussion and prescription drugs being discussed.

    The ECG screenings will cost the NRL about $32,000 and the proposal will go to the Australian Rugby League Commission soon for final approval.

    A spokesman for the NRL confirmed plans to test the players for the rare disease.

    "There is a very small percentage of people throughout the community who have an undiagnosed, pre-existing risk of sudden cardiac death. While it is a very rare event, it is tragic for everyone concerned, particularly family and teammates, if someone dies from this condition.

    "This screening will help diagnose cardiac conditions which may put players at risk so appropriate treatment can be provided. Often the condition can be successfully treated and the player can return to sport.

    "Around 80 per cent of cases involve people who had no prior symptoms, so we think it makes sense to take this precautionary step before the 2016 season starts."

    Concussion dominated much of the discussion among the clubs' doctors. Debate surrounded the possibility of tracking the impact of concussions on a player's brain by having multiple MRI brain scans.

    A NRL spokesman said this was in the "very early proposal stage".

    "A provider may be invited to put forward a proposal to undertake a research study of players to monitor any impact of concussions. Players could undergo an MRI scan (during the) pre-season and it would be compared with MRIs later in the season to see if there is any change. This would be a research study but is only in the proposal stage."

    There were discussions to extend the minimum rest period a player must have when concussed from five to 10 minutes and push the concussion assessment from 15 to 20 minutes. However, it was voted overwhelmingly for the current guidelines to be maintained.

    The NRL is also considering an alternative to the SCAT 3 concussion test by designing a rugby league specific examination. Doctors will also have the use of the sky camera view for the first time throughout the season during matches.
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    Post by SI on Thu Oct 08, 2015 2:36 pm

    I think it's a good thing. Exactly as the above says, a small percentage of the community have underlying heart conditions that don't manifest themselves with any symptoms until put under extreme stress.
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    Re: Heart, brain tests for NRL players (cue jokes about players with no heart & brains)

    Post by No Worries on Thu Oct 08, 2015 3:03 pm

    I think the MRI's are the best step. I think (fear) it is going to open a can of worms of blokes with grey spots on the brain and then it will blow up delux when year on year blokes are showing more spots, bigger spots or spots when they hadn't had them before.
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    Post by ryno_ on Thu Oct 08, 2015 4:24 pm

    Your Name wrote:Doctors will also have the use of the sky camera view for the first time throughout the season during matches.

    I like what the NRL are doing but this kind of confuses me. Are there not enough camera angles that they need to get motion sickness watching the spider cam aswell?
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    Re: Heart, brain tests for NRL players (cue jokes about players with no heart & brains)

    Post by Random on Thu Oct 08, 2015 8:52 pm

    I really like spider cam...

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    Post by Krump on Fri Oct 09, 2015 9:30 am

    RandomSil wrote:I really like spider cam...

    So your the one. Ref cam really gives me the shits when they use it in the middle of games, it should be a highlight camera only.
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    Post by ryno_ on Fri Oct 09, 2015 12:19 pm

    RandomSil wrote:I really like spider cam...


    I love it aswell - for replays, it shits me when they cut to it in real time. I dont feel like its responsive enough to chase down action in real time. I also love those ref cams.
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    Re: Heart, brain tests for NRL players (cue jokes about players with no heart & brains)

    Post by SI on Fri Oct 09, 2015 12:53 pm

    Love the ref cams as well, actually really like them during games at scrums, so long as they don't overuse it, which they don't seem to at the moment.
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    Post by ryno_ on Fri Oct 09, 2015 1:00 pm

    @SI wrote:Love the ref cams as well, actually really like them during games at scrums, so long as they don't overuse it, which they don't seem to at the moment.

    Yeah, I like getting the look at scrums in rugby and a close look at the tackle and ruck in league. I also enjoy that the NRL ref-cam makes the refs look like a twat.

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    Post by Guest on Fri Oct 09, 2015 1:21 pm

    Im surprised nobody has joked about certain players not having a heart or brains.
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    Post by SI on Fri Oct 09, 2015 1:23 pm

    Bren wrote:Im surprised nobody has joked about certain players not having a heart or brains.

    First thought was Blake Bobblehead Ferguson.

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    Re: Heart, brain tests for NRL players (cue jokes about players with no heart & brains)

    Post by Guest on Fri Oct 09, 2015 2:37 pm

    @SI wrote:

    First thought was Blake Bobblehead Ferguson.

    I think you have some sort of fetish with bobbleheads.

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