English football ready to begin concussion substitute trials next season

The Telegraph

February 4, 2020

English football is preparing to take the lead in the expected new trials next season for concussion substitutes.

The Premier League, the Football Association and football’s rule-makers, the International Football Association Board, have been discussing a system that would allow teams to temporarily replace a player during a 10-minute HIA window.

Although this has been successfully implemented in other sports, IFAB wants first to see how that would work in practice and both the Premier League and FA are open to trials that would start next season.

Both organisations have been privately lobbying for improved concussion protocols and a decision will be made by the IFAB board later this month. Uefa and Fifa are also understood to support the change.

It represents a shift since the 2018 World Cup in Russia when Fifa raised concerns that players or managers could seek to exploit concussion substitutes for their own tactical advantage.

There have since been a series of worrying incidents when players have continued in matches following significant head impacts and apparent signs of a potential concussion.

Concern over the often very brief on-field checks further intensified following research last year by the University of Glasgow which showed that former professional footballers are 3.5 times more likely to die of neurodegenerative disease.

Although the precise cause of this increased risk could not be identified, it is well established that head traumas increase the possibility of brain disease. The football authorities have been warned that they could leave themselves open to legal action if they do not take reasonable precautionary measures and the introduction of concussion substitutes is only one element of change that is being advocated.

Restrictions on repetitive heading in training and by young children during matches and training are being considered by the FA’s research taskforce. The Scottish FA has been finalising its consultations and is imminently expected to recommend restrictions on heading in children’s football.

NOCSAE News

View All
  • Local doctors take concussion research beyond traditional sports, include wheelchair athletes
    January 14, 2022

    WTMJ Online Milwaukee January 12, 2022 Athletes who play full contact sports know that concussions are always a serious risk. That’s why there’s so much research done on the injury. But, that research isn’t always so helpful to athletes in wheelchairs. Doctors at the Zablocki VA Hospital’s Spinal Cord Injury Center are working to change […]

    Read more
  • Death of High School Hockey Player Renews Debate on Neck Guards
    January 14, 2022

    The New York Times January 12, 2022 Expressions of grief after the death of Teddy Balkind, a high school hockey player in Connecticut, have spanned the ice hockey world, from pregame moments of silence in New England to tributes on “Hockey Night in Canada” broadcasts to hockey sticks set tenderly on porches from Manitoba to […]

    Read more
  • Study aims to prevent deadly sports injury in young athletes
    January 14, 2022

    Medical Xpress January 12, 2022 At an Arizona baseball diamond 10 years ago, a 13-year-old baseball player turned to bunt a ball that instead struck his chest. Taking two steps towards first base, he collapsed and died from commotio cordis, the second leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes. It’s an outcome Grant […]

    Read more

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *