Needed: Clear protocols to deal with soccer-related concussions
Uruguayan midfielder stirs debate about concussions in soccer (The Globe and Mail):
“The team doctor stepped away from his patient and motioned to the coaches on the far sideline. He rolled his hands one over the other, the signal that the stumbling player beside him, Uruguay midfielder Álvaro Pereira, would have to be substituted.
In many sports, Pereira’s day would have been over. Moments earlier, he had been flat on his back, unresponsive after taking a knee to the side of his head during a World Cup match against England on Thursday afternoon. A concussion was a serious possibility, at least according to FIFA’s protocols on the issue. At worst, his condition merited a full evaluation.
But even in his weakened state, Pereira was having none of it. Noticing the doctor’s hand signals through his groggy haze, Pereira angrily pulled those hands down, wagged his finger in the physician’s face and insisted he be allowed to remain in the game. When Pereira’s coaches went along, he returned after less than two minutes on the sideline…In doing so he also plunged his sport into a new discussion about how it handles head injuries in an age when their effects are changing the way other sports are played.”