Most of us have played one form of contact sport throughout our lives and bumped into another player during a match or game. For professional footballers this happens on a regular occurrence and the brain injury charity Headway has voiced its opinion on multiple occasions for the rules to be changed so that more consideration can be given to players to consider the risk of concussion.

What is concussion?

Concussion has not always been treated as a serious injury but it is in fact a type of traumatic brain injury which is caused by the shaking of the head. Symptoms of concussion are temporary rather than permanent and can include headaches, ringing in the ears, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, drowsiness and blurry vision.

Rules in sport

When footballers suffer from an impact, they are assessed by medical professionals on the pitch but this can be difficult to do safely under time pressures and the loud environment. If players are thought to have suffered concussion, they can be substituted with another player under the permanent concussion substitution rule.

What changes could be made?

In a recent game between Aston Villa and Everton, John McGinn bumped heads with Michael Keane in the 7th minute of the match and was assessed by medics that he was ok to continue. McGinn then fell down on the 19th minute but was again assessed as ok to continue. McGinn then went down on the 38th minute and was then substituted under the permanent concussion substitution rule.

Headway have asked for the sport to introduce temporary concussion substitutes to allow medical professionals time to carry out a longer, safer assessment with the player off the pitch. If more time was available, it is possible that McGinn would have been assessed as unfit to continue in the first assessment.

Professional athletes set the example for people watching the sports. If changes are made in professional sport, then these changes will be implemented in non-professional games.

We can help

Ringrose Law are a member of Headway Lincolnshire and are experienced in dealing with brain injury claims. If you have been involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault, our experienced personal injury team are here to help. Please contact us on 01522 561020 or email and one of our team will be more than happy to help.


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