AFL Players’ Association President Matthew Pavlich says he won’t take to the footy field until he’s completely recovered from the concussion he suffered during Sunday’s win over Melbourne.
“It’s a combative game, it’s physical and I love the competitive element of it… But I’ve got a long life to live post my career.” – Matthew Pavlich
The Fremantle skipper sat out the second-half against the Demons as a precaution after a head-clash with defender Colin Garland resulted in a concussion.
Pavlich has completed a minimal amount of training in the days since and says ensuring there aren’t any lingering effects that could hinder his life after football is paramount.
“It’s a combative game, it’s physical and I love the competitive element of it… But I’ve got a long life to live post my career. We talk about making sure we make the right decisions for now as well as for the future.”
Pavlich has decided to put his family and his mental health first, given the rise of research pointing to the negative effects of head injuries in athletes participating in contact sports.
“Seeing the kids at home and knowing I’ve got a long life to live beyond my AFL career, my mental health’s going to be critical.”
The undefeated Dockers play ninth-placed Essendon this Saturday night in Perth.
If you know of any former AFL/VFL players who are not registered with the Players’ Association, the PA asks that you encourage them to contact Alumni Manager – Brad Fisher at email@example.com or (08) 8651 4300.