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Sunday, 26 May 2019

Saints star reveals brutal impact of concussions


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Injured St Kilda star Paddy McCartin has revealed the heartbreaking impact of repeated concussions, saying the latest has left him "a shell of a person" he once was.

The former No.1 draft pick spoke candidly to Triple M in a 15-minute interview that laid bare the brutal repercussions of the incident that caused him to be placed on the Saints' inactive list.

McCartin, who also deals with type 1 diabetes, was concussed during the Saints' JLT Series clash against the Western Bulldogs, and spent the night in hospital after the incident.

"It's been a tough few months," he said.

"I haven't really done a whole heap, I haven't been doing a lot of anything, really, and that's probably been the hardest part.

Paddy McCartin

"I've sort of lost my footy identity a little bit, but then also my identity as a person as well.

"I can't do staff - I can't go to the supermarket when it's busy or go to a cafe with my girlfriend, or drive my car.

"There's no real time frames on it, so I could be better next week, in a year, six months, I don't know."

The problem for both the Saints and McCartin is that months after the incident, the symptoms haven't gone away, putting his AFL future in doubt.

"I'm a shell of a person that I was, really. I'm completely different," he said.

Paddy McCartin

"It's gone from one day when I was playing, to within 10 seconds being different. I just can't do basic things.

"I have real light sensitivity, and I get really bad headaches. They're common symptoms with concussion but generally they wear off by now, so it's lasting a bit longer than usual."

With no timetable on McCartin's return, placing him on the club's inactive list gives the Saints an opportunity to sign a replacement via Monday's mid-season draft.

Despite McCartin's continuing health issues, the Saints have vehemently denied that he will be forced into retirement due to concussions.

Injured St Kilda star Paddy McCartin has revealed the heartbreaking impact of repeated concussions, saying the latest has left him "a shell of a person" he once was.

The former No.1 draft pick spoke candidly to Triple M in a 15-minute interview that laid bare the brutal repercussions of the incident that caused him to be placed on the Saints' inactive list.

McCartin, who also deals with type 1 diabetes, was concussed during the Saints' JLT Series clash against the Western Bulldogs, and spent the night in hospital after the incident.

"It's been a tough few months," he said.

"I haven't really done a whole heap, I haven't been doing a lot of anything, really, and that's probably been the hardest part.

Paddy McCartin

"I've sort of lost my footy identity a little bit, but then also my identity as a person as well.

"I can't do staff - I can't go to the supermarket when it's busy or go to a cafe with my girlfriend, or drive my car.

"There's no real time frames on it, so I could be better next week, in a year, six months, I don't know."

The problem for both the Saints and McCartin is that months after the incident, the symptoms haven't gone away, putting his AFL future in doubt.

"I'm a shell of a person that I was, really. I'm completely different," he said.

Paddy McCartin

"It's gone from one day when I was playing, to within 10 seconds being different. I just can't do basic things.

"I have real light sensitivity, and I get really bad headaches. They're common symptoms with concussion but generally they wear off by now, so it's lasting a bit longer than usual."

With no timetable on McCartin's return, placing him on the club's inactive list gives the Saints an opportunity to sign a replacement via Monday's mid-season draft.

Despite McCartin's continuing health issues, the Saints have vehemently denied that he will be forced into retirement due to concussions.

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