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Adelaide defender still suffering concussion symptoms SEVEN weeks on.

  • Adelaide defender still suffering concussion symptoms SEVEN weeks on.

    MOUNT BARKER, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 28: Sam Shaw of the Crows misses the spoil on a mark taken by Matt Taberner of the Dockers during the 2016 NAB Challenge match between Fremantle Dockers and the Adelaide Crows at Sounness Park, Mount Barker on February 28, 2016. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Adelaide injury prone defender Sam Shaw is still suffering from some concussion symptoms, seven weeks on from when he suffered the initial knock to the head while playing for the Crows in the SANFL.

Shaw, who has managed just the 24 games since being drafted in 2009, is rated very highly around the club and is hoping to return to the field in two weeks time, but the club says it has Shaw's long term future to think about also.

“Sam’s still suffering some (concussion) symptoms from time to time which are brought on by exercise,’’ Adelaide head of football David Noble told The Advertiser.

“He’s ticked the boxes with his memory concussion testing and other mechanics but he’s still getting some lethargy and fatigue after training which is a part of concussion symptoms.

“The good thing at the moment is that he’s completing a monitored training program under the guidance of our high performance and medical guys, so that’s a good sign, but when he suffers that lethargy we just have to ease him off a bit.’’

The 25 year old has managed just the one full game this season against West Adelaide in Round 1. 

The positive for Shaw is that he only feels these symptoms when training and doing exercise with Noble suggesting that it doesn't have an affect on his every day life.

“When he’s not training he feels quite well, which is pleasing,’’ Noble said

“But he has this lethargy under exercise that we have to monitor and be conscious of, particularly in this era where as an (AFL) industry we are really conscious of identifying any ongoing concussion issues and dealing with them in the right way.’’

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