English football to take head injuries seriously this term.
The Premier League has created a new rule for the upcoming 2014/15 season claiming that any player that suffers a concussion will be substituted.
The rule will also call for an additional tunnel doctor to be present at all games over the new campaign that will liase with team’s medical staff and treat injured players.
Every player will also be encouraged to take a yearly neuro-psychological test to assess their “baseline” functioning.
Medics and doctors will also carry a concussion recognition chart that will be used to help physio’s and doctors assess when a player is suffering from concussion as it is a medical condition that is sometimes difficult to diagnose immediately.
We must overcome the idea that it is brave or heroic to play on and accept that this is an injury that cannot be run off,” said Gary O’Driscoll, who is the Arsenal club doctor and also the chairman of the Premier League club doctors’ group.
The rule comes after a series of head injuries, most notably sustained by Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lorris, last season and during the World Cup hit the headlines and everyone from the FA to UEFA and FIFA took criticism for their handling of the incidents.
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