Picture of Wimbledon Clinics

Wimbledon Clinics

Football Association Changes Guidelines On Concussion Treatment

Contact us for an appointment

*At Wimbledon Clinics we comply with the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act (UK). We will never share your data without your permission and we will only use your data how you’ve asked us to. Please let us know if you’d like to join our mailing list to receive updates about our specialist consultants, the latest treatments for orthopaedic and sports injuries and prevention tips for common injuries.

For more information, click here to view our privacy policy

FIFA came under scrutiny at this summer´s football World Cup for the way in which players with head injuries were treated during the game. The Football Association has moved to ensure top-level players in England will not be permitted to return to the field after falling unconscious.

The FA has announced new guidelines regarding the treatment of concussion in the Premier League, meaning club doctors will have the ultimate say in whether a player is fit to continue playing. Under the new ruling, incidents similar to the one at the World Cup where Uruguay´s Álvaro Pereira insisted on playing on after being knocked out, will see players taken out of the action.

The new legislation will also mean any player who even appears to fall unconscious will also be forced to cease their involvement in the game. If a player does suffer a head injury during a game, he will undergo a thorough assessment on the pitch. Those who experience two blows to the head will be subsequently sent for psychometric testing.

All Premier League staff are now required to carry a Pocket Concussion Recognition Tool, which helps recognise potential brain injuries and gives advice on what should be done. In addition to this, “tunnel doctors” are to be present at all league games to further aid the club doctors in recognising the symptoms of a concussion.

Dr Ian Beasley, chair of the FA´s medical committee, said the risks associated with head injuries need to be stressed to those managers, players and clubs who may not be aware of their severity.

“We have worked closely with the stakeholders to develop these new guidelines and the message is clear for players; listen to medical advice and take no chances – stop playing and take your time to recover,” he added.