Declaration – Ashleigh Gardner | Grandstand

Declaration – Ashleigh Gardner | Grandstand

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You can take as many Panadols and Nurofens as you want but that headache’s not going because it’s obviously from a contact injury rather than you actually just having a headache. And again, that’s hit her. Ash Gardner has had concussion in the past before. Yeah, I’ve had what would have been probably five concussions I think they’re under about a two year space. So that was probably too many head knocks in a short amount of time. And yeah, it did set me back quite a lot. Not only physically but actually mentally getting back into cricket and actually enjoying it again. I know I always quite scared to go back into the net to face fast bowling for a while. And I probably went into my shell a little bit too much. People probably wouldn’t put concussion and cricket into the same sentence. Obviously, you think a concussion and it’s a physical contact sport. There’s direct head contact. But with cricket obviously we do wear a helmet. But it doesn’t mean that a 115kph, little ball coming at your head, it’s going to make it any better. Obviously, your brain still rattles around when the ball does hit. I know that there’s been a couple of cases over the last couple of years, from the male side of things, where people have actually had to take some time out because it’s affected them that badly. And not only physically but mentally. It’s quite a challenge to come back from. I know for me, personally, I get more of a delayed onset of concussion. So, rather than actually feeling a bit woozy as soon as I get hit, it’s mostly the day after. I just have really bad headaches. nauseous, just things. I guess if you think about if you hit against the wall or like something like that. Yeah, I wouldn’t say it’s too different to that. And you just don’t feel right. I feel like I do play the short ball quite well. It’s obviously the balls that are coming at your head. They’re the ones obviously. But I think I’m a ducker so I’m probably never going to duck the ball. I’ve been quite lucky, but it’s something that, like I said, I’ve just tried to take it in my stride. Yeah, use it as a positive, I guess, influence going forward into my career and making that not something that people just keep remembering. It’s just something that I can be really good at. Then they’ll have to go somewhere else to, I guess yeah, try and try and put me under.

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