New Premier League head injury rules

For the new season, Premier League players will now be better protected if they suffer a head injury.  These new rules have been introduced following criticism last season of when Hugo Lloris was allowed to continue playing by his manager, after he had lost consciousness playing against Everton.  It also follows a number of high profile examples in the Brazil World Cup, when players who appeared concussed were allowed to play on.

New Concussion Measures

  • Players suffering a head injury must leave the pitch.
  • Team managers will no longer decide if a player continues to play.
  • The final decision will be with the club doctor.
  • Home teams must have a third "tunnel" doctor
  • The "tunnel" doctor will serve as an extra pair of eyes to spot potential concussions and watch TV replays to see the severity of incidents.
  • An awareness campaign will make players and managers aware of the dangers of head injuries.
  • Premier League players will undergo baseline neurological assessments annually to help doctors measure their recovery time if they suffer concussion

Headway, the brain injury charity, have welcomed the new rules, calling them,

"An important step forward in the protection of footballers … Concussion is an evolving injury with symptoms that may take time to manifest, and if you don't get it properly assessed, it may be too late."

Head Injury UK: Head Injury Claim Experts

At Head Injury UK we are pleased to see that the Premier League is taking head injuries seriously.  These measures should mean that we will never see a Premier League player endangering his health by playing on, when they should instead be receiving medical attention.  If you or a family member has been affected by head injury caused by someone else, please contact Ian Shovlin us on 0800 073 0988.



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