AFL news 2021: Richmond Damien Hardwick free kicks, concussion
Mouthguards with sensors are one step in winning the concussion battle, but Richmond mentor Damien Hardwick says the coaches can play a big role too.
Damien Hardwick has implored the 18 senior AFL coaches to take the lead and coach their players not to put themselves in danger by playing for free kicks as concussion remains an issue in the game.
The Richmond premiership mentor confirmed his players were already wearing new mouthguards that are fitted with a sensor chip to monitor the impact of head knocks.
But with several coaches now urging their charges not to bump to avoid head clashes, Hardwick said the next level was getting players to avoid putting themselves in avoidable dangerous positions.
“The thing I think we have to be…