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'I will change if it will protect me more': Selwood

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'If the doctors tell me to wear a helmet I'll do it' says Joel Selwood.

'If the doctors tell me to wear a helmet I'll do it' says Joel Selwood. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

Geelong captain Joel Selwood says he is prepared to change the way he plays if it helps protect him from injury, and would even consider wearing a helmet.

But he has taken exception to suggestions he is particularly at risk of long-term brain damage because of his style of play.

He said his mother had contacted him to check he was okay after former Carlton champion Greg Williams, who is suffering from memory loss and mood swings possibly because of head trauma during his career, said Selwood could be at risk because of his courageous head-over-the-ball style.

"I will change if it will protect me more," he told Channel Nine's Footy Classified. "If the doctors tell me to wear a helmet I'll do it."

Selwood says he has been concussed twice in his six-year career and both times had the week off.

He says players are far better protected by the medical protocols of their clubs than they were in Williams' era, when players "would get concussed and then have ten beers".

Selwood says his own situation should not be compared to that of Williams, and even expressed concern that if he was perceived that way, possible future employers may be put off offering him a job.

But he admitted concussion was a serious issue in the game and said he was happy with the way the AFL was dealing with it.

"It's scary what's happened to some people," he said.

Selwood also admitted he had spoken to teammate Steve Johnson about getting suspended for round one, saying the club was "sick" about it.

"We told him it's not good enough," he said.

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