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Luke Keary, concussion, head knock, Sydney Roosters, Lindsay Collins, recovery time

Roosters star Luke Currie talks about his secret battles, how he overcame the obstacles and why it could be one of the more frustrating injuries.

He also revealed that team-mate Lindsay Collins will be out of action after a head-butt against Manly – his second in as many weeks.

Kerry was out for four weeks in the second leg of the Roosters’ Round 14 loss to the Storm.

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The 30-year-old has a well-documented history with concussions. He suffered four in a 14-month period between January 2018 and May 2019 – the last of which forced him to miss the game.

When he suffered his latest knock, many in the game feared for his long life. But Kyrie has found advice from those who know best to guide him through the tough times.

Speaking for the first time since being hit in the head, Carey told the Fox League podcast he was “a little nervous” to return in the 19th round.

But he shared that what helped him get back on the field was “split” and listening to medical advice.

“I think it’s the way you deal with it in the beginning and the biggest medical advice you get. I’ve got the top neurologists in the country giving you advice – they’re the ones you should listen to.”

“There are a lot of people to give an opinion about it, which is fair enough, but if you can only listen to them (the neurologist), they can’t put you at risk. If they think there is a long-term risk to your future, they won’t let you go back there.

“If you can compartmentalize everything and take the right people’s advice, it makes you less anxious to come back.

But you don’t want to find them as a player, and you don’t want to see other players find them.

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Carey also gave a rare insight into what recovery time looks like for players and why it’s different for everyone.

“There are those who have symptoms and with those you can’t do anything about, you have to rest and wait for the symptoms to go away, the NRL has a playing policy that you follow. It’s a safe way to get back in touch and play,” he said.

“Then there are others… I had a few in a row in 2019 and was forced to take six weeks off work. I was actually fine, no symptoms, but the doctors thought a month off was the best thing to do.

“I was fine the whole time, I had two weeks off and then I trained with the lads for three or four weeks. I think they all vary depending on the brand.

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Carey said it was an asymptomatic form of anxiety because his body may have felt better, but he had to prioritize his long-term health.

“Obviously there’s a certain time frame regardless of other injuries that you’re directly aware of. “Head (injuries) are very different,” he said.

“Every player is different. Some players take an hour to recover, some take weeks, some take months.

“And the neurologist will tell you, I think brain patterns don’t go back to normal for a few weeks, so they admit that even in society and in medicine they don’t have all the information they need right now.”

But I have a lot of experience with them to tell you that they are very careful and do not consider the feet – they consider your health.

“As a game we are doing the best we can to protect our players and the best measures and protocols we know of at the moment are going to help us.

“It will never happen because, as I said, even the original docs admit they don’t have enough information yet.”

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Between Kerry Story and the early retirements of Boyd Cordner and Jake Friend last season, the Roosters are well-equipped for Congress’ challenges.

They will take their time with Collins, who scored a header against Manly last Thursday.

Carey said Collins, who is “in good spirits” will take time off but hopes to return before the end of the season.

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“It was devastating,” Carey said of Collins’ concussion.

“Obviously the first start and the first game, it wasn’t a pretty sight. But he was in really good spirits.

“It’s funny, everybody’s different, and some knock you out, you’re sick and others you’re five minutes late.

“Linds was in good spirits after the game, he’s been training every day – he wanted to train with us yesterday but the doctors wouldn’t let him.”

“He’s obviously going to spend some time, get himself fixed, make sure his head and neck are right, make sure everything’s OK, visit some independent doctors and take the time he needs to get back, make sure he’s healthy and strong.” And to make sure it’s safe to play.

“Hopefully we can get him back before the end of the season, but if not, we all want Linds to be healthy again.”

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