Ice hockey player backs Liam Fulton over concussions

 Liam Fulton of the Tigers leaves the field with concussion during the round three NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the South Sydney Rabbitohs in March, 2014.
Liam Fulton of the Tigers leaves the field with concussion during the round three NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the South Sydney Rabbitohs in March, 2014. Renee McKay Getty Images

SUPPORT  for recently-retired Tigers star Liam Fulton has come from an unlikely source - a former professional ice hockey player from the other side of the world.

Kerry Goulet, the co-founder of, knows what the former back-rower is going through as he tries to come to grips with life after football.

Goulet, a mastermind of the International Ice Hockey exhibition, presently touring Australia as part of his concussion awareness initiative, suffered three nasty head knocks throughout his 16-year career in Germany.

He battled a year of depression and contemplated taking his own life following the debilitating effects of post-concussion syndrome.

But he bounced back to write a book titled Concussed! - with former 15-year NHL veteran Keith Primeau, the coach of the US team that is in Australia for the first three games of the series against Canada.

The fascinating read includes the stories of countless people who have endured concussions, including a musician accidentally knocked out by a swinging guitar, as well as the opinions of brain-injury experts.

Fulton was forced to retire from the NRL at just 29, following a staggering four concussions in just six games this season, and Goulet threw his encouragement behind the fallen premiership winner.

"I really feel for Liam - he needs some support mechanisms," Goulet told APN.

"Here's a guy that was successful at his sport and earned a lot of money out of it.

"But when it's your brain you're talking about, you have to take extra special caution.

"Look at Primeau. It took him seven years to fully find his feet again after he suffered a bad concussion."

Goulet said he lived a life people envied as a professional ice hockey player in Germany, before the traumatic effects of post concussion hit him, and kept him sidelined for more than a year.

"I kept asking myself 'when will I feel normal again?' There were constant feelings of dizziness and nausea.

"I never attempted suicide, but I contemplated it.

Goulet said not everyone was able to deal with the issue, pointing to former Chicago Bears NHL player Dave Duerson who committed suicide after suffering blurred vision, headaches and memory loss following severe concussions as a player.

"My aim is to educate people that you're not necessarily tough if you choose to play on after receiving a head knock," Goulet said.

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