AFL great’s concussion warning to McCartin

Former AFL high-flyer Shaun Smith has issued a grim warning to former No. 1 pick Paddy McCartin declaring it might be time for the young forward footballing career after repeated concussions.

McCartin was delisted by the Saints last month after making the decision to step away for season 2020 in hopes of overcoming the concussion issues that have threatened his career.

St Kilda said in a statement that the decision was made to, "Give (McCartin) the best opportunity to ultimately resume his career."

But Smith, who is no stranger to concussions, believes it's best for the former Saint to not return and hang up the boots.

Patrick McCartin

"Paddy is only a young bloke. It's horrible and you would have to have some rigorous testing to even consider playing," Smith told the Herald Sun.

"But I think the body is telling you something, 'Don't play'.

"I was the same as a young kid, you always want to play and play and play.

"But it's not worth it in the long run. It will send you crazy and literally mess with your head."

The dangers of concussions are unfortunately all too familiar for Smith who in recent times has been on a mission to raise awareness about the dangers of head knocks.

Smith is currently in the process of releasing his medical files in hopes it will send warnings to other athletes about the long-term complication of repeated head knocks.


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