Football Unions have called for a change in head injury guidelines to ensure the safety of players.
Fifpro and Professional Footballers’ Association, PFS, John Bramhall says that players should leave the field if they have had a head trauma or if they have lost consciousness. He says it is important to remove pressure from players, medical staff and managers from having to make challenging decisions.
Last week saw a football match incident where a Tottenham keeper was allowed to stay on the pitch after being briefly knocked out in a collision with an Everton player.
At the moment, the Medical Regulations relating to head injuries state that players should not return without a clearing from a qualified medical professional.
The Tottenham player, Lloris was medically assessed on the pitch before being given the go-ahead to carry on playing. His manager said that his player looked able to continue and that following his accident, Lloris had a CT scan which indicated no signs of having concussion.
In response, a representative from FifPro said that this kind of decision was not acceptable. Vincent Gouttebarge said: “Fifpro condemns that the health and safety of players are left to coaches, trainers or even to players themselves.
Sport medicine groups have previously made a call for players to be removed from play if they had any symptoms of unconsciousness and Fifpro has encouraged clubs to follow these guidelines.
Chief Medical Officer at Fifa, Jiri Dvorak, said that the player should have been substituted and that the decision was ‘not right’ and the injury could have led to more serious complications.
He said: “We have a very clear recommendation for doctors if concussion occurs or even if there is a strong suspicion of concussion then the player should be taken out of the play.”
There are many different causes of head injuries; some occurring because of a sporting injury; others because of a road accident and sometimes your head injury may have even happened in the workplace.
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Published 13th February 2015.