Australian doctors say they will treat a concussion and possibly an enlarged disc in the coming months.
Dr Kevin Gorman, who has treated some of the country’s top athletes, including rugby league stars Chris Grevsmuhl and Scott Gallen, has previously said he would treat both cases if the doctors were told they needed to.
Dr Gorman told the ABC’s Insiders program on Sunday that he did not expect any of the former players to require surgery and had spoken with doctors at the University of New South Wales about a possible procedure called hyperperfusion.
Dr Grevmuhl said the team’s first-choice neurologist had told him his case would be “difficult to deal with”.
“We’ve done a lot of testing and we’re confident in what we’ve done,” he said.
“There are some other things we’re waiting on, but there’s no reason we can’t get there.”
Dr Gormann has also been contacted by the NSW Department of Health about the possibility of treating an enlarged disk in one of his patients.
“I’ll do whatever it takes to help my patient, whether it’s surgery or whatever,” he told Insiders.
The National Rugby League Players Association (NRLA) said the club had a strict protocol for treating concussions.
“The NRLPA would not support the practice of treating concussion with steroids,” the organisation said in a statement.
The Australian Rugby League has yet to comment.
The AFL said it was aware of Dr Gorman’s plans and would take steps to support the players’ well-being.
“We have the highest standards for players and our players are committed to taking the lead in addressing concussion,” AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said in the statement.
“All our players undergo extensive medical testing, follow all medical advice and follow all the protocols required by the medical profession.”
The NRL, however, said it had not received any reports of Dr Grevman treating any of its players.
“The NRL has a strict and stringent protocol for concussion management, and all players, including players in the AFL, undergo thorough testing, followed all medical guidelines and follow the protocols of the professional medical profession,” the league said in its statement.