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Hugo Lloris, the French international footballer, suffered a nasty head injury and lost consciousness after colliding with another player on Sunday. It was in Tottenham’s game against Everton when Lloris looked like he would be stretchered off. Lukaku’s knee had hit his head and after lengthy stoppage Lloris was allowed to play on, though it was not until after the game that a scan finally gave him the all-clear.
However there is some controversy as to whether the goal keeper should have been allowed to continue. Football’s own guidelines state that a club must ensure a player with a head injury who leaves the pitch, shall not be allowed to continue unless cleared by a qualified medical practitioner. Spokesman for Headway the brain charity, Luke Griggs, says Lloris should have stopped playing,
'When a player ... suffers a blow to the head that is severe enough for them to lose consciousness, it is vital they urgently seek appropriate medical attention, a physio or doctor treating a player on the pitch simply cannot accurately gauge the severity of the damage caused to the player's brain in such a setting as there may be delayed presentation of symptoms.
'By continuing to play, the player may have caused greater damage to his brain. He should have been removed from the game immediately and taken to hospital for thorough tests and observation.'
Guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence state people should not play any contact sport for at least three weeks after suffering a concussion. It remains to be seen when Lloris will play his next match.
This incident has brought to light the problem of head injuries in sport, something which is also being raised in the US, following high profile injuries to footballers, hockey players and others. All sports must ensure they have appropriate guidance which is followed, to protect the health of all players, whether they are professional or amateur. If you or a loved one has suffered a head injury caused by someone else, then contact Andy Shaw or call us on 0800 073 0988, to see how we can help you.
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