Premier League doctors pushing for introduction of 'concussion bins'
Premier League doctors pushing for introduction of ‘concussion bins’ to match rugby’s head injury protocols
- Premier League doctors are looking at ways to combat potential concussions
- They want players with head injuries to be allowed to be temporarily replaced
- The aim is to give medical staff more time to work under less pressure
Spencer Morgan For Mailonline
Premier League doctors are calling for the introduction of ‘concussion bins’.
The proposal would require a change to the laws of the game which would allow for players to exit the pitch for a period of up to 10 minutes if they are suspected of having suffered a concussion during play.
A temporary substitute would be able to come on during that time as the injured player is treated by an independent doctor.
Premier League doctors are calling for the introduction of ‘concussion bins’
The substitution can then become permanent if the player is deemed unable to continue.
The Daily Telegraph also report that the Premier League doctors group are also pushing for the Premier League to consider to addition of a fourth substitute, particularly in cases when a goalkeeper is the one on the receiving end of a blow to the head.
This is to counter the fear that keepers are made to play on if they pick up an injury after all three changes have already been made.
Both changes would requite the approval of the International Football Association Board to come in effect.
Doctors found Loris Karius suffered a concussion before making mistakes against Real Madrid
The ‘concussion bin’ system would be similar to that used in rugby where the Head Injury Assessment process allows players to be temporarily replaced even if their side has no replacements remaining.
The player can then come back within 10 minutes on or be permanently replaced depending on the severity of the problem.
The debate has risen to the fore in the past month after staff at Boston hospital found that Liverpool stopper Loris Karius suffered a concussion during his side’s Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid, a game where he went on to make two huge errors.