Category Archives: sporting injuries

Kids and contact sports

How to keep kids safe when playing contact sports As parents and as a society, we have no greater responsibility than ensuring our children are kept safe. But while there are no guarantees when they undertake contact sports for kids, there are things we can do to lessen the likelihood of them receiving some type… Continue Reading

How Nathan Peats’ neck surgeon got him back on the field

Learn how Sydney neurosurgeon Dr Richard Parkinson used his special interest in NRL back/head injuries to successfully operated on Parramatta Eels player Nathan Peats. I was responsible for treating NRL player Nathan Peats, hooker for the Parramatta Eels, when he broke his neck in August 2015. NRL back/head injuries aren’t uncommon, but this one was… Continue Reading

Butting heads in football

What is chronic traumatic encephalopathy? And is it an inevitable consequence of playing football? As far as I’m aware, there isn’t a football code anywhere in the world which involves men with a leather ball running at each other, and where you don’t have the large number of head incidents that you Rugby League. One… Continue Reading

Leading neurosurgeon happy to take lead on NRL concussion rulings

Leading Sydney neurosurgeon Dr Richard Parkinson has put his hand up to take the lead if the NRL wants to use independent match-day doctors to assess players who may have suffered concussions during a game. The NRL will usher in tougher new guidelines this weekend after Parramatta’s $20,000 fine for repeated breaches of the former… Continue Reading

Wests Tigers’ Keith Lulia caps remarkable comeback from broken neck

Article: The Sydney Morning Herald, by Adrian Proszenko Chief Rugby League Reporter Sin Bin Wests Tigers centre Keith Lulia made one of the game’s most remarkable comebacks after returning from a broken neck in last weekend’s trial against Cronulla. Lulia broke his C5 and C6 vertebrae during his side’s 64-6 away loss to the Cowboys… Continue Reading

The most dangerous games

The most dangerous games

Which sports are the worst for head and neck injuries and why? Sydney spinal surgeon Dr Richard Parkinson explains. Determining the worst sports for head and neck injuries isn’t straightforward. The most injury-prone sport seems to be ice hockey. And interestingly some girls’ sports have a very high incidence of injury. Girls’ soccer, for example,… Continue Reading