Alastair Clarkson’s sabbatical has taken an fascinating twist, with the AFL teaching nice becoming a member of a sports activities science firm that researches medicinal hashish for remedy.
Clarkson, Australian basketball legend Lauren Jackson and prime jockey Damien Oliver have been introduced on an advisory board for Melbourne firm Levin Well being.
The connections are apparent, with former AFL coaches affiliation boss Mark Brayshaw the corporate’s managing director.
Brayshaw’s brother and high-profile sports activities commentator James is the corporate sports activities and media advisor.
Clarkson, who coached Hawthorn to 4 premierships, is taking a 12 months off and went to the US final month for research and enterprise.
“No matter whether or not it is beginner or skilled, AFL could be a brutal contact sport,” Clarkson stated in an organization assertion.
“Persistent ache and challenges related to concussion are ongoing side-effects for a lot of ex-AFL gamers and infrequently for his or her pals within the wider neighborhood.
“I do know the docs Levin Well being are working with at La Trobe College very well and I belief them. Their involvement underpins the work Levin Well being is doing so I am completely satisfied to assist the place I can.”
Clarkson has gone forward along with his sabbatical after knocking again feelers to teach Collingwood and Carlton.
He ended his 17-year affiliation with the Hawks in August when it grew to become clear a proposed succession plan with new coach Sam Mitchell was unworkable.
Final month, Clarkson additionally grew to become an advisor to Tasmania’s bid for an AFL licence, giving that marketing campaign a big enhance.
He has stated he could be open to teaching a Tasmanian AFL group.
The sports activities science firm is growing medicinal hashish merchandise, in addition to “goal diagnostic and remedy gadgets for concussion”.
The advisory board will take a look at areas corresponding to persistent ache, concussion and psychological well being.