German midfielder Christoph Kramer suffered a head injury in the 2014 FIFA World Cup final and continued to play 14 minutes after the blow to the head. There have been some incidents in past and present World Cups where FIFA’s concussion protocol has raised eyebrows.
In Kramer’s case, he was substituted and helped off the field by medical staff 31 minutes after the incident, and upon showing signs of imbalance and disorientation.
Watch Video: Christoph Kramer head injury in World Cup final
In a more grave situation, Uruguayan defender Alvaro Pereira was knocked out cold by an England knee to the head, and then refused to leave the field despite being held back by team’s medical staff. Questions arise on whether or not Pereira was in the right frame of mind to be making medical decisions for himself.
Premier League Now Introduces New Concussion Protocol For 2014-2015
As listed below, Barclay’s Premier League has set new rules to help manage injuries both on and off the field.
- The team physician’s decision is final – even if the player who has suffered a head injury wants to play on.
- Players who are suspected of losing consciousness during a match will be removed from the game and not allowed to return.
- All Premier League matches need to have a’tunnel doctor’ in place who will support the team doctors in recognizing the signs of concussion.
The spotlight is now on FIFA, to see if worldwide protocols are set to help eradicate mismanaged head injuries and concussions.
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