Jack Frost made the difficult decision to retire at the end of the 2018 season after a long, and mostly private, battle with concussion.
Across his football career as a junior and playing AFL with Collingwood and the Lions, he suffered 14 concussions.
The 26-year-old made the decision to retire after suffering a concussion in the NEAFL’s final against Aspley last year.
Frost opened up to Mike and Dom on The Roar Deal (20:50) about his recovery and his hopes for the future.
“I’ve just been recovering for the past five or six months now,” he said.
“Probably the last two or three weeks I’ve started to turn a corner with the symptoms of my concussion.”
Those symptoms included sleeplessness, headaches and vision issues. The worst setback was in 2017, where he was absent from the Club for most of the season. His symptoms were so bad he did not leave the house in five months and could not exercise as it would only worsen his problems.
“Miserable is an understatement, it was dismal,” he said.
“I was so frustrated with life and there was nothing I could do about it.
“I was told to rest every day.
“You just want to progress and get better so you can return to play.”
Almost two years later and Frost is nearly back to normal. A change in his diet, seeing a psychologist and even taking up acupuncture has all helped.
“I’m getting pretty close, I’d say I’m around 90% at the moment,” he said.
Recently he has started working with the Brisbane Lions’ football department as he is still passionate about the game he loved playing.
“I’m doing work with the first-year players,” he said.
“I love building relationships and developing younger players.”
In the future Frost would like to take up coaching.