West Coast midfielder Scott Selwood says he and his brothers will never change their fearless attack on the ball, even if it’s putting them at risk of serious complications down the track.
The Selwood clan - Adam, Scott and Geelong’s Joel - have become renowned for putting their own safety to one side in order to win the hard ball, with the trio regularly copping heavy knocks to the head.
Former Brisbane utility Troy Selwood was also a fearless competitor during his 75-game AFL career.
The long-term effects of multiple concussions have been a hot topic in worldwide sport in recent years, with American concussion expert Chris Nowinski recently stating it would be naive to think AFL players weren’t at a high risk of brain trauma due to the amount of head knocks they receive.
Nowinski said players who had suffered multiple concussions could be prone to the debilitating brain condition chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
This year alone, Adelaide spearhead Kurt Tippett has copped three serious knocks to the head, with the 25-year-old needing three weeks on the sidelines to recover from the most recent bout of concussion in round 17.
Eagles veteran Adam Selwood remains in doubt for Saturday night’s blockbuster against Collingwood in Perth after being concussed in a heavy collision with teammate Jacob Brennan in Sunday’s win over Port Adelaide.
The 28-year-old also copped a heavy knock to the head a week earlier against Geelong.
But Scott Selwood says the debate surrounding the potential long-term dangers of concussion wouldn’t alter the way he or his brothers play the game.
“We just try to play the contest as it lies and we like to be pretty aggressive. We’re never going to take that out of our game,“ Selwood said on Monday.
“When we’re 80 we probably won’t recognise each other from Alzheimer’s or whatever, but I mean it’s (for the) love of the game.
“You’ve got to attack the footy and no one’s ever going to change the way we attack the footy.” Scott was confident Adam would be fine to tackle the ’Pies, while wingman Andrew Gaff faces further assessment on his corked hip.
In a big boost for the Eagles, spearhead Josh Kennedy is a chance to make his long-awaited AFL return after making it through Sunday’s WAFL hit-out unscathed.
Kennedy, playing his first game since injuring his ankle in round five, booted two goals and moved freely in East Fremantle’s big win over West Perth in a sight that would have warmed the heart of Eagles coach John Worsfold.