Top 3 questions – Helping kids return to school and sports, strategies to check in with teens, and finding support

Hello. My name’s Ruth Vine, I’m a psychiatrist, I’m the Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Mental Health in the Department of Health. Thank you for being with me today. Today I thought we’d answer some of the questions that people have about their children, and their children in this particular environment, so in relation to … Read more

Neurodegeneration linked to repetitive head injury found in brains of former Australian sports players

Over half of the brains donated to the Australian Sports Brain Bank have signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease associated with repeated blows to the head, researchers have found. Key points: Australian data shows neurodegeneration in former professional and amateur athletes Brain disease is linked to the cumulative effect of many … Read more

Short-sightedness, sports injuries and developmental concerns among ‘indirect’ impacts of COVID-19

Spyros Papadatos is enjoying being back to doing what he loves. Key points: Allied health professionals have reported an increase in short-sightedness and sports injuries in children and teens Early findings from an ongoing study show some six-month-olds born during COVID were behind in some developmental milestones Health experts say it’s important to keep a … Read more

Abramovich hands over stewardship of Chelsea as athletes, sports protest Russian invasion

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said on Friday that uncertainty over Abramovich’s future was weighing on the club ahead of Sunday’s League Cup final. Soccer teams take a stand Poland’s refusal to play their World Cup qualifier against Russia next month gained wider support when Sweden followed with plans to protest to FIFA. Polish soccer federation … Read more

Victorian sports minister says collaboration with Tasmania on Commonwealth Games unlikely

The Victorian government has slammed the door on a potential Commonwealth Games partnership with Tasmania. Key points: Last week, the Victorian government announced it had entered exclusive negotiations with Commonwealth Games Australia about hosting the games The Tasmanian government had hoped it could hold a variety of hand-picked events as part of a co-host partnership … Read more

Dual sports star eyes another career change

Mary Waldron laughs that if she were umpiring her younger self during her early days playing cricket, she would “100 per cent” report herself for dissent. Having grown up playing football, including two international caps for Ireland and appearances in the UEFA Champions League, Waldron had become accustomed to the more robust conversations players can … Read more

Real-time monitoring of sports betting to prevent match fixing looks set to be abandoned amid industry pushback

A key recommendation of a 2018 independent review into sport integrity and online betting is set to be watered down after pushback from the gambling industry. Key points: Long-mooted law reform around sports betting has stalled in recent years The sports betting sector argues the Australian Sports Wagering Scheme misses the point Local providers are … Read more