Headway reiterate call for con...

Sport

Headway reiterate call for concussion subs in football after David Luiz incident

Neil Treacy
Neil Treacy

11:28 AM - 30 Nov 2020



Brain injury charity Headway have criticised the handling of David Luiz's head injury yesterday, following an incident which left Wolves striker Raul Jiminez with a fractured skull.

Luiz and Jiminez clashed heads during the first half of the game, with the Wolves man stretchered off the pitch before being taken to hospital.

Arsenal defender Luiz was allowed to continue having passed a pitchside concussion test and getting his wound bandaged up, but was substituted at half time by manager Mikel Arteta.

Headway deputy chief executive Luke Griggs says this latest incident has highlighted the need for football to adopt temporary concussion substitutes, which would have allowed a more thorough examination of Luiz to be carried out.

"Too often in football we see players returning to the pitch having undergone a concussion assessment only to be withdrawn a few minutes later when it is clear that they are not fit to continue.

"That is the very reason why we urgently need temporary concussion substitutes in football. You simply cannot take a risk with head injuries. One further blow to the head when concussed could have serious consequences," he says.

Griggs adds that if temporary concussion substitutes were put in place, it would take pressure away from medical staff who are currently being forced to assess players in a short time-frame.

"The question that has to be asked is, had the concussion substitutes rule been in place, would Luiz have been allowed to return to the field of play? Would that extra time in the treatment room have led to a different decision being made?

"The concussion protocol clearly states that ‘…anyone with a suspected concussion must be immediately removed from play’, while the sport continues to promote an ‘if in doubt, sit it out’ approach to head injuries.

"Time and time again we are seeing this rhetoric not being borne out by actions on the pitch. Something is not right. This cannot be allowed to continue. How many warnings does football need?"



Read more about

Arsenal Brain Injury Concussion David Luiz Headway Mikel Arteta Wolves

You might like

Live: Title

Now playing

00:00:00 / 00:00:00
Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share

Up next

Episode title
Show
Duration

You currently have no podcasts in your queue.

Go to podcasts

On Air

Jessica Maciel

Jessica Maciel

12 PM-4 PM

Share

Up next

Sunday Drive with Phil Cawley

Sunday Drive with Phil Cawley

4 PM-7 PM

Share

Ed's Songs of Praise

Ed's Songs of Praise

7 PM-10 PM

Share

The Paul McLoone Show

The Paul McLoone Show

10 PM-1 AM

Share

Overnight

Overnight

1 AM-5 AM

Share

Early Breakfast with Pamela Jo...

Early Breakfast with Pamela Joyce

5 AM-7 AM

Share

The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show

The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show

7 AM-9 AM

Share

Dermot & Dave

Dermot & Dave

9 AM-12 PM

Share

Mairead Ronan

Mairead Ronan

12 PM-2 PM

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on