Former Collingwood and Richmond star Craig Stewart has change into the most recent former footballer recognized with power traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in a revealed that may ship chills by way of the AFL.
Stewart, the daddy of just lately delisted Essendon defender James Stewart, died in June 2023 on the age of 66.
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However the Herald Solar has reported that an evaluation of Stewart’s mind revealed he was battling Stage I CTE when he died.
CTE is believed to be attributable to repeated head knocks and concussions solely in a position to be recognized after demise.
Stage I is usually marked by complications and lack of consideration or focus, even short-term reminiscence loss.
Stage II CTE consists of melancholy and temper swings, whereas some sufferers additionally expertise govt dysfunction, impulsivity and suicidal ideas. It’s believed AFL nice Danny Frawley was recognized Stage II.
The likes of Shane Tuck and Polly Farmer had been additionally recognized with CTE after demise, in addition to AFLW premiership winner Heather Anderson.
James Stewart instructed the Herald Solar: “We’re very unhappy to lastly obtain the specialist medical report from the ASBB confirming that Craig had CTE.
“Nevertheless, it does give us a greater understanding of his deteriorating well being and behavior over the previous few years.
“CTE is a devastating sickness however a preventable one.
“Our hearts exit to all households affected by this preventable illness.’’
Stewart’s supervisor Peter Jess added he had noticed modifications within the “temper and behavioural patterns” of his good friend over the previous 15 years.
“I watched a as soon as nice proud man disintegrate in entrance of me and his household,” Jess mentioned.
Jess additionally revealed that Stewart had helped elevate funding for early scientific research of Dr Alan Pearce, certainly one of Australia’s main concussion scientists, from 2011.
“It’s now not an if or a possibly, it’s a actuality that steady head trauma creates untold injury to the mind,” Jess mentioned.
“What we’ve created is a complete idea of a ‘strolling lifeless’ or at the least a ticking time bomb on the again of repeated dysfunctional behaviour, which has an unlimited price to society.
“The AFL has been made conscious prior to now 10 to fifteen years the wives and households don’t have any assist mechanisms in place when their companions are impacted by mind injury from enjoying AFL.”
The information comes because the AFL signed off on new guidelines, together with a crackdown on overzealous smothers just like the one which resulted in Melbourne’s Angus Brayshaw being badly concussed within the 2023 finals.
Stewart had an instantaneous affect within the AFL after strolling into Collingwood’s 1978 staff and impressing coach Tom Hafey.
He was awarded the perfect first 12 months participant title after managing 21 video games in his debut season.
Nicknamed ‘Snaggles’, Stewart went on to play 115 video games for the Magpies – together with back-to-back grand finals in 1980 and 1981 – and kick 122 targets.
The 193cm huge man collected six-goal hauls twice in his time at Collingwood.
However he ended up getting traded to Richmond the place he completed his profession with an additional 35 video games, between 1984 and 1986.