Ablett says to be honest when dealing with concussion

Geelong's Gary Ablett says to be honest when dealing with concussion

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SPEAK UP: Gary Ablett believes being honest with concussion is important.

SPEAK UP: Gary Ablett believes being honest with concussion is important.

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One of football's greatest ever players has reiterated the message of being honest when dealing with concussion.

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One of football's greatest ever players has reiterated the message of being honest when dealing with the symptoms of concussion.

Geelong champion Gary Ablett junior echoed the thoughts of troubled St Kilda footballer Paddy McCartin, who recently urged footballers to speak up if they don't feel well following a head knock.

McCartin recently returned home to Melbourne following a well-documented trip to the United States, where he received treatment for ongoing symptoms of concussion.

The AFL's number one draft pick of 2014 has played just 35 games for the Saints.

"I think it's important to be honest if you are not feeling great," Ablett told The Courier.

"I've seen many guys - teammates of mine and opposition players - that have copped heavy knocks throughout games.

"The AFL has put a lot in place now, which is great. Obviously their concern is for the players and making sure that they are looking after them the best they can."

Ablett said the management of concussion had come a long way since he started playing in the AFL in 2002.

"Obviously we have got all of the concussion testing now - there was none of that around when I first started," he said.

"I'm really happy that the AFL is putting a lot of money into that area, into research and things like that, and trying to protect the players the best they can."

Ablett will be in Ballarat next week on Wednesday and Thursday for two question-answer sessions at The Sporting Globe.

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