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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