Fremantle Dockers coach Ross Lyon defends procedures for head injuries
Ross Lyon has defended Fremantle’s management of Kepler Bradley and Adam McPhee after the pair received heavy head knocks during last Sunday’s win over North Melbourne.
Bradley and McPhee both returned to the field after being assessed by club doctors following nasty collisions in the first and third quarters respectively.
The Dockers made the decision to substitute Bradley out of the game in the second quarter after he copped another series of hard blows and later vomited.
McPhee played out the final quarter despite looking wobbly on his feet immediately after the accidental clash with Kangaroos forward Lindsay Thomas.
Both are expected to be available for Saturday’s clash with Melbourne at Patersons Stadium.
The AFL is investigating Fremantle’s handling of the pair, but that is believed to be standard procedure for all head injuries.
Lyon last night dismissed suggestions the club did not apply the required concussion procedures when assessing the key duo.
“I find it fascinating that people want to test or query or challenge our physicians who are entrusted to look after the athlete and make professional calls,” the Dockers coach told 6PR.
“People are getting on really thin ground when they think they’re making judgments on the best interest of the players.
“The processes are that transparent and that diligent and the rigour applied is unbelievable that clubs don’t take risks that aren’t approved of by the physicians.
“AFL football is a fierce environment…and that’s why you need the safety checks there.
“All I am is a spokesperson for what goes on behind the scenes. As a coach, you don’t get involved in it at all because you can’t.”
Lyon said sore skipper Matthew Pavlich was in no better position to resume against the Demons than he was this time last week.
Pavlich, 30, attempted to warm up with the team before the North Melbourne clash, but failed to prove his fitness in time for the game that sealed a finals berth for the Dockers.
“We’re optimistic, but he’s probably the same as last week. We’re not going to know until later in the week,” Lyon said.
“We’re pretty keen to still get a training session into him and we’ll assess him then.”