FIFA Medical Committee proposes new concussion protocol

FIFA Medical Committee proposes new concussion protocol

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FIFA Medical Committee proposes new concussion protocol

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Christoph Kramer of Germany is taken off with an injury in the first half

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After seeing several high-profile incidents at this summer’s World Cup, FIFA are finally taking action regarding the management of concussions.

FIFA announced Tuesday that the organization’s Medical Committee has agreed to submit a new proposal to the FIFA Executive Committee in an effort to improve the handling of concussions.

Under the new proposal, when a suspected concussion occurs, the referee will be able to stop the game at hand for three minutes to give team doctors the opportunity to assess the state of the injury. The referee will then allow the player to play only if the player receives the approval of the team doctor.

“The issue of concussion in football has been broadly discussed following recent high profile cases at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, particularly the incident which involved the German player Christoph Kramer during the final match,” FIFA said in a statement. “FIFA has been active in this field for many years, carrying out a number of scientific studies and hosting several conferences with international sports federations which led to clear recommendations on the subject.

“However, the incidents at the World Cup have shown that the role of team doctors needs to be reinforced in order to ensure the correct management of potential cases of concussion in the heat of the competition.”

UEFA previously adopted the three-minute protocol last week and will apply it in next week’s Champions League group stage games.

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