Spate of concussions sidelines young star

Ongoing effects from multiple concussions have forced promising Colac cricketer Dylan Slater to miss the entire 2016-17 season. The talented sportsman also had to sit out this year’s football season due to the effects.

Ongoing effects from multiple concussions have put promising Colac cricketer Dylan Slater’s future in the sport on hold.

Slater was gearing up for a breakthrough 2016-17 when his season turned upside down before a ball was bowled.

The City United export had spent the off-season in Vic Country’s initial 19-and-under squad, as well as doing a pre-season with East Belmont and even spending time with Victorian Premier Cricket side Geelong.

But a severe headache while training with East Belmont in September indicated he had post-concussion syndrome, stemming back to four concussions Slater received while playing football with South Colac and the Colac Tigers in 2014 and ’15.

Post-concussion syndrome symptoms include headaches, difficulty concentrating, dizziness and sleeping problems long after the event of a concussion.

Slater said the September headache was out of the blue, with the promising keeper-batsman feeling in top shape ahead of his second season with the Lions in the Geelong Cricket Association.

The 17-year-old chose not to play football this year, instead helping his Colac Tigers colts teammates by running the messages for co-coaches Lochie Veale and Col Hammond.

“I worked out it had been about 17 months since the last concussion,” Slater said.

“I kept really fit over the winter; I did the running with Colac in the footy, did a pre-season with East Belmont, had the Victorian under-19 squad and also trained with Geelong’s premier club, so I was keeping really fit.

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