Samantha Lane

Samantha Lane

Samantha Lane is a sports writer with The Age's sports section. She joined The Sunday Age's sports team in 2005, where she specialised in the coverage of Australian Rules football, before joining the daily Age in 2007. She has a wealth of multi-media broadcasting experience since starting her journalism career in 2002 at She is also a panellist on Network Ten's Before the Game. Samantha covered the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, the 2008 Beijing Olympics and will be reporting extensively on the 2012 London Olympics.

AFL, NRL doctors join global sport leaders in New York for concussion meeting

Samantha Lane AFL and NRL medical chiefs will meet representatives of America’s National Football League, the US National Hockey League, FIFA and the International Equestrian Federation as part of a global,...


Retired footballers to get free brain scans


Samantha Lane The AFL has committed to funding an unlimited number of brain scans for retired footballers.


Players' association calls for 'cultural shift' on concussion

Past players will be surveyed and, if any issues emerge that may be related to concussion, they will be referred to a variety of experts.

Samantha Lane Ever concerned about the potentially devastating long-term effects of concussion, the AFL Players Association is urging a profound 'cultural shift' in how footballers measure toughness among...


Players push for expert help

Ian Prendergast

Samantha Lane Footballers will have easier access to independent experts under new concussion referral protocols.


Head tests for trauma close: expert

Nick MAxwell hits the turf.

Samantha Lane An American concussion expert says a test to detect head trauma-related disease is 'very close'.

AFL players 'at high risk of brain damage'

Jordan Lewis of the Hawks is treated by medical staff  after clashing with Jarrod Harbrow of the Bulldogs during the round three AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the Hawthorn Hawks at Etihad Stadium on April 11, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia.

Samantha Lane The American concussion expert who met with an AFL Players' Association boss last month has described Australian rules as a sport with a ''very high risk for brain trauma'' and says it would be...


US concussion study may not apply to AFL: doctor

Dr Hugh Seward says the concussion study may not apply to AFL.

Samantha Lane An AFL Medical Officers Association boss objects to the assertion of a Boston University expert that it would be 'naive' to think Australian footballers aren't suffering the same degenerative brain...