Risking head trauma: Exploring the relationship between risk propensity, position and injury in Australian Rules Football players

      Introduction: Australian Rules Football (ARF) is an invasion based field sport. Due to its fast paced, contact nature, players are exposed to injuries, including concussion and sub-concussive traumas. Emerging evidence suggests that concussion and repetitive sub-concussive traumas may damage the prefrontal cortex, exposing a player to long-term damage. Evidence from the American National Football League (NFL) suggests a player's exposure to head trauma may be related to their position. Although ARF appears to have more fluid position structures, little research has explored this relationship. Additionally, young adult males potentially engage in higher levels of risk-taking behaviours, which may further expose them to head trauma. Hence the current study, investigated if relationships exist between position, risk propensity and exposure to head trauma.
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