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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Protect footballers from concussion risk, says journal

Uruguayan defender Alvaro Pereira appeared to be knocked
unconscious in a World Cup Match
Decisions on whether a footballer can return to the pitch after a head injury should be taken by an independent doctor, and not the player or coach.

An editorial in The Lancet Neurology says these decisions should not be made "by those with a vested interest".

FIFPro, the footballers' union, has called for an investigation into concussion protocols.

This follows incidents during the World Cup where footballers played on after appearing to be concussed.

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