From AFLW to roller derby, experts say its time to take concussion in women’s sport seriously

When the Crows chase their third AFLW premiership on Saturday, captain Chelsea Randall will be watching from the sidelines.

A concussion from a collision during last week’s preliminary final left her ruled out of the match.

It’s a bitter sweet way to end a season — but as Sarah McCarthy knows, a concussion can have much longer consequences

In 2016, Sarah was the jammer for her Sydney roller derby team, skating at high speed in the league’s Grand Final, aiming to get past the opposition and score points.

Sarah McCarthy received a knock to the head during a roller derby match.(

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“I was a few feet in front of the pack, looking over my shoulder,” she tells ABC RN’s Sporty.

As she skated, a competitor’s elbow hit…

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