World Cup Focuses Minds On Concussion Management
Felled by an opponent’s knee to the head as they both chased the ball, a player is seemingly out cold on a World Cup pitch. The clock is ticking. Millions are watching. National honor, careers and sponsorship dollars are at stake. To give doctors more time, the world union for footballers is arguing that soccer’s rules should be revised so teams can temporarily replace players while they’re examined for possible concussion. FIFA’s medical chief told the AP he doesn’t oppose the idea. Michel D’Hooghe also was critical of Uruguay’s management of a head injury to Alvaro Pereira in a match last week against England.
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