Former AFL player Patrick Bines secures life-changing payout after suffering crippling neck injury

Former AFL player Patrick Bines once went 40 hours without sleep due to the pain from a career-ending neck injury. He’s now reached a major milestone in his journey.

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Former AFL and Big Bash League player Guy Walker opens up on life-changing disability claim

Guy Walker had the world at his feet before a devastating injury left him disabled and feeling hopeless. During a trip abroad, he received a phone call that changed his life, writes DANIEL CHERNY.

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How Adriana Oreskov is using her MBA to support AFL players

Adriana Oreskov enrolled in an MBA to broaden her options beyond workin gin insurance. Instead, she started her own insurance advice company.

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Game-changer scoring ex-AFL players $500k payouts

Patrick Bines was knocked back for a pay out despite needing close to 20 neck surgeries, but an insurance expert has finally found a breakthrough to help him and other footballers suffering.

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The outsider helping players through footy's concussion maze

When Paddy McCartin was medically retired, a ‘random’ phone call helped him navigate the complex post-footy world.

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Dr Alan Pearce

Concussion Expert & Neuroscientist

Alan Pearce PhD, is an Associate Professor in the School of Allied Health at La Trobe University. He was an adjunct Senior Research Fellow in the Melbourne School of Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne from 2011-2016. Alan is a neurophysiologist who’s primary research focus is on sports-related concussion. Specifically his research program, using electro physiological techniques, particularly transcranial magnetic stimulation, centres on brain physiology to quantify cognitive and motor impairments in the acute phase post-concussion, and chronic manifestations of repeated concussions associated with mental health and neurological impairment. With 20 years experience in TMS and electrophysiology techniques, Alan also investigates neuroplastic changes following peripheral injury, balance disorders, exercise interventions and rehabilitation. Alan has won ~2.8 million dollars in collaborative research funding and currently has over 100 peer-reviewed publications. With a current H-index of 27 (Scholar) and 22 (Scopus), Alan is regarded internationally for his research work in sports-related concussion and is a regular media commentator on issues surrounding sports-related concussion.

Alan is a member of the following organisations:

Australian Sports Brain Bank
Victorian Manager
June 2019 – Present

La Trobe University
Research Associate Professor
Feb 2017 – Present

Australian Athletes Alliance
May 2016 – Present

Australian Football League
Concussion working party
April 2016 – October 2017

Corporate Keynote Speaker
Concussion expert Dr Alan Pearce has presented at conferences around the world and is a recognised keynote speaker. Combining his scientific knowledge with his experience in elite sport and working with business, Alan is a captivating speaker suitable for various audiences, including business, sport and community.