sport news Premiership-winning footy star Nathan Murphy is forced to retire aged just 24 - ... trends now

sport news Premiership-winning footy star Nathan Murphy is forced to retire aged just 24 - ... trends now
sport news Premiership-winning footy star Nathan Murphy is forced to retire aged just 24 - ... trends now

sport news Premiership-winning footy star Nathan Murphy is forced to retire aged just 24 - ... trends now

Collingwood premiership defender Nathan Murphy has been forced into a premature and immediate AFL retirement to ensure he lives a 'full and healthy life' after suffering a series of concussions.

Murphy is the sixth AFL player to retire due to the effects of concussion in a 12-month period, joining Angus Brayshaw [Melbourne], Paddy McCartin [Sydney], Paul Seedsman [Adelaide], Marcus Adams [Brisbane] and Max Lynch [Hawthorn]. 

On top of those players, a recent survey found that an alarming one in 10 AFL players hide concussions.

It is a concerning pattern for the AFL with the league scrambling to manage the ongoing impacts of concussion and its connection to brain disorders like chronic traumatic encephalopathy [CTE]. 

Murphy was concussed by a high hit early in last year's grand final and hasn't played since, with the defender ruled out of match simulation training in February.

Nathan Murphy has retired from the Collingwood Magpies and the AFL because of repeated head knocks and concussion concerns

Nathan Murphy has retired from the Collingwood Magpies and the AFL because of repeated head knocks and concussion concerns

Murphy retires aged just 24 and is the second AFL player to retire because of concussions this year, following Angus Brayshaw's announcement in February

Murphy retires aged just 24 and is the second AFL player to retire because of concussions this year, following Angus Brayshaw's announcement in February

The Magpies said following careful consideration, with the advice of the AFL's medical concussion panel, the decision was made for Murphy to 'medically retire' from football.

Murphy informed Magpies teammates of his retirement in an emotional meeting on Tuesday morning after he had sat out the first part of the season due to ongoing concussion concerns.

The star backman was concussed for the 10th time of his football career in the first half of last year's grand final, with his playing future left to the AFL's independent concussion panel.

The panel ruled Murphy could return to the field in December, but he decided to retire after withdrawing

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