Former Super League forward Nick Fozzard has spoken out about his health scare on social media.
Fozzard – whose career spanned 20 years for seven different clubs – stated he had gone to see a neuropsychologist today for the first of three assessments with regards to symptoms of CTE.
CTE – or chronic traumatic encephalopathy – is a progressive brain condition that is mainly caused by repeated blows to the head and is particularly associated with contact sports.
Even though the 44-year-old could be looking at serious side effects down the line, he said he would do it all again in a heartbeat.
Fozzard won major honours – including the Challenge Cup Final and the World Club Challenge – in his time at St Helens after starting his career at Leeds and then moving to Huddersfield and Warrington.
A move to Hull KR, a return to Saints and then transfers to Castleford and Dewsbury saw the enforcer wrap up his career in his late 30s.
Recently, there has been a great debate surrounding head injuries in sport – not just rugby league – and Fozzard could well be suffering the after-effects of a colourful career in his later life.
Had the first of 3 assessments today by the neuropsychologist with regards the symptoms of CTE I’m struggling with
– a result of hundreds of knocks to the head over the last 20 years in professional rugby league
I don't regret a thing – id do it all again in a heartbeat 💓
— Nick Fozzard (@Fozzythebear1) August 12, 2021