Rebels flank Michael Lipman has quit rugby with immediate effect due to his ongoing problems with concussion.
Lipman told team-mates of his decision to retire on Tuesday, citing the lingering side effects from a concussion sustained earlier in the season. Lipman revealed that it was not the first time he had taken a heavy knock to the head, and after an estimated 30 concussions, he feared that another blow would put his life at risk.
‘The bottom line is that throughout my career I’ve had so many bangs to the head and I’ve had so much concussion, the last couple have been the icing on the cake,’ Lipman told The Sydney Morning Herald.
‘I’ve just had too many. Enough’s enough and when you’re body’s talking to you like it is now, you’ve got to listen to it and be sensible because the hardest thing in anything really is to admit that your time is up and to come to terms with it.’
Doctors told Lipman to retire in 2009 while he was still playing in England, but he ignored their advice. The headaches and other side effects have now become too much to bear.
‘It [headache] is always there and you can feel the pressure in your head and when you start running and training it makes it a lot worse. You become exhausted straight away and you feel like going to sleep, when it should really be the opposite, because when you start working and training, the endorphins release and you get a pick-up. You shouldn’t get totally down the way I’ve been.’