The spotlight gets shone on one of football's biggest issues in the latest episode of The Courier's 'Off The Record' podcast.
Titled Concussion: Football's Black Hole, the podcast focuses on the impact of brain injury in our national game and what might be able to be done to lessen its prevalence for future generations.
Former Melbourne and North Melbourne high-flyer Shaun Smith, who spent time with Central Highlands Football League club Newlyn, is a central point of the discussion and opens up about his struggles with concussion and mental health.
The episode also includes interviews with Josh Bromley-Lynch, who talks about the battles of his father Alan 'Dizzy' Lynch, Lake Wendouree premiership-winning skipper Gavin Webb and Milli Bilson, who is a Ballarat-based research analyst.
The podcast is the seventh in the 'Off The Record' series.
- Footy's darkest day and the shining light that follows: 'Off The Record' podcast, episode one
- What really happened when Smythesdale folded? 'Off The Record' podcast, episode two
- Legendary coach Fitzy's unforgettable journey: 'Off The Record' podcast, episode three
- Hepburn's return from country football oblivion: 'Off The Record' podcast, episode four
- When Ballarat lost its Pride: 'Off The Record' podcast, episode five
- Ballarat netball legend Sally McLean: 'Off The Record' podcast, episode six