Butt out, Eagles doc tells KO critics
Butt out, Eagles doc tells KO critics

West Coast doctor Rod Moore has hit out at critics who have attacked Adelaide's handling of star forward Kurt Tippett's repeated bouts of concussion.

Moore, who has been at the Eagles since their inception in 1987, also revealed that advances in MRI technology may be a key tool in dealing with concussion.

A Melbourne neurosurgeon, Professor Jeffrey Rosenfeld, led a chorus of calls for Tippett to miss the rest of the year after suffering his third concussion in five weeks in an accidental head clash with West Coast's Beau Waters on July 21.

He also suggested athletes consider retirement after three bouts of concussion.

But Moore said it was a dangerous practice to "second guess" others such as the Adelaide medical staff, armed with the intimate details of a player's true condition.

The Crows did not immediately rule Tippett out of games, but he missed last Saturday's loss to Geelong and will remain on the sidelines for Sunday's clash with Essendon at AAMI Stadium.

"I teach medical students and I say to them to be slow to judge colleagues when you have minimal information," Moore said.

"I'm always of the view that the doctor on the spot … is the one equipped best to make that decision regarding a person's welfare.

"Others making comments on medical decisions are invariably acting from a position of weakness.

"As doctors, certainly in my own practice, I always put the patient's interests first and I'm sure my colleagues at other clubs would have exactly the same attitudes.

"It's completely inappropriate for other medical commentators to second guess that person by coming out with blanket statements."

Moore was optimistic MRI scanning may soon provide more powerful medical tools.

The West Australian

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