AFL’s concussion crisis comes to a head as AFLW heavyweights get set for season decider

It was the moment the AFL — and Adelaide fans — would have been dreading.

In the early minutes of the Crows’ 18-point victory over an inaccurate Melbourne in Saturday’s opening AFLW preliminary final, skipper Chelsea Randall and Melbourne’s Eliza McNamara brutally collided.


Shortly after, Randall was ruled out of the game by her club doctor.

Earlier this year the AFL announced that players who were concussed would be forced to miss a minimum of 12 days of football, with previous rules allowing them to return after six days (and therefore potentially play the week after a concussion).

This rule change applied to both the men’s and women’s competitions.

While elsewhere it has been reported that women may be at greater risk of…

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