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Post by Thiele on Mon May 08, 2017 6:42 pm

MARK MICKAN CLUB STATEMENT

The West Adelaide Football Club wishes to advise its members and the broader football community that Senior Coach Mark Mickan has recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Mark and the club will continue the work they have been doing with specialists on the management of his condition to ensure the best outcome from a health perspective.

He will continue in the role of Senior Coach of the WAFC with the support of the extended coaching department and the club
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Re: Mark Mickan

Post by Thiele on Mon May 08, 2017 6:43 pm

Thoughts go to him and his family
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Re: Mark Mickan

Post by Scrunch on Mon May 08, 2017 7:14 pm

Absolutely thoughts with the Mickan family, and everyone else who's lives Mark has touched. Terrible news.
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Re: Mark Mickan

Post by bayman on Tue May 09, 2017 12:34 am

Very sad news, all the best to Mark & family, he arrived at the bay and brought enjoyment & confidence into the place
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Re: Mark Mickan

Post by UncleHuey on Tue May 09, 2017 1:18 pm

Very sad news to hear, my sympathies to him and his family. I hope that he can continue in footy for as long as possible.
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Re: Mark Mickan

Post by Thiele on Wed May 10, 2017 4:11 pm

MARK Mickan’s hands were shaking aggressively as he spoke about a West Adelaide loss.

But under the baseball cap and behind the typically quiet words, it was the same Mark Mickan who has had such a positive impact on South Australian football.

He cannot hide the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. However, for the past eight months he has known he had the condition, he has remained motivated and has no intention of walking away as Bloods coach in the SANFL.

“I’ve never really been devastated by the news, I just know I have to adjust my lifestyle a bit,” Mickan said. “I have to be diligent with my drugs and take a positive outlook. I’m okay with it.

“The effects are absolutely minimal and if there are, they kick in later on in the condition and can be reduced by keeping the brain active and staying physically active.


Mark Mickan during a quarter-time break with his players.
“It is frustrating a bit. I try and put my hands in another position where the tremor might stop, I move them around. It is something over time I’m getting used to.

“I know it is going to be with me now.

“It has got to the stage where I don’t try and hide it and it is part of who I am now. For the past eight months I’ve been trying to win a game of footy and that is my focus at the moment.”

Just 12 months after taking the Bloods to premiership glory, Mickan visited his doctor after noticing “symptoms I was not sure what they were” before being referred to a neurologist.

The inaugural Adelaide Crows club champion in 1991, an All-Australian in 1988 and a member of the SA Football Hall of Fame, Mickan admitted it was a bit too much to comprehend at the time.

After the diagnosis, Mickan chatted with people who have had Parkinson’s disease for “a number of years” and received valuable advise.


It is so typical of the reserved former champion ruckman to be embarrassed by the attention.

“There is a world of people worse off than me, not just with Parkinson’s, but with other conditions far more debilitating,” he said. “I’m fine.”


West Adelaide coach Mark Mickan on match day.
Mickan said he is blessed to have had fantastic support from his family as well as a close friendship group. The Bloods have also fully backed his retention as coach, having accompanied Mickan to an appointment with the neurologist.

He told the playing group of his condition on Thursday night.

“Certain people in (Bloods) management have known about it for quite a long time and they have supported me really well,” Mickan said.

“I wanted to be transparent through the whole process and after coming with me to the neurologist they were satisfied there was no problem continuing my role.

“While I’m up to it, I’d like to continue and it will be something the club and I will discuss as the year progresses.

“There are a few little things. My hand writing has never been that flash, but it is a lot worse now.”
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