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The role of the athlete in concussion in sport

Paralympic sprinter Sam Carter, 32, was flying down the back straight of the Blacktown Athletics Track competing in the 2016 Australian Championships T54 relay – the next thing he remembers was being picked up off the track.

“There was an athlete in my lane I wasn’t anticipating, and I didn’t have my head up, as I tend not to do when I’m racing,” Carter said.”

“I was going about 35 kilometres an hour when I ran straight into the back of them.”

“I came out of my chair and was thrown through the air a couple of metres before hitting the track pretty hard.”

The Queenslander was helped off the track and taken to hospital in an ambulance, where he was diagnosed with a concussion.

Being his first and only concussion, Carter said he was surprised by some of the symptoms he endured following the accident.

“Initially, I recall being disorientated and my recollection of the event was pretty fuzzy.”

“Soon after, I developed nausea and vomiting and was definitely more emotional and just out of soughts for the first couple of days after the incident.”