Three players, threedifferent stories from three levels of the game. But all share one outcome - aconcussion
For former Reading and Ireland striker Kevin Doyle, “it
happened in training”.
With Chelsea and England defender, Millie Bright “it was an
aerial duel between me and the striker”.
And for grassroots player, Mitch Lacey, it was when an opponent “came
straight through me with his elbow into the back of my head”.
Three players, three different stories from three levels of
the game. But all share one outcome - a concussion.
Their stories feature in Concussion
for players: Lessons from the pitch - a new film by The FA aimed at raising
awareness among players about the importance of recognising and responding to
symptoms of concussion.
“Our hope is that we can get as many players around the
country watching this film,” explains Dr Lisa Hodgson, The FA’s medical
education lead, who is one of the experts behind the film.
“Having such honest accounts from Kevin, Millie and Mitch -
all of whom have experienced concussion at different levels of the game - shows
that concussion isn’t something that happens to one type of player, occurs due
to one event or causes one type of head injury with the same symptoms.
Concussion is multifactorial in both cause and outcome”
“If you’re a coach, parent or carer of a player - no matter
age or level - we recommend first giving this a watch and then finding a way of
sharing it with your players.
“The more players we can reach and help understand that a
head injury is an injury to the brain, isn’t something you can shake off and
that if in doubt, it really is okay to sit it out, the more we can create safer
football experiences for all.”
Hodgson goes on to explain that the film is not a new tool
or a replacement of The FA’s concussion guidelines - it’s instead a useful
resource for coaches, parents and carers to engage their players around the
topic of concussion.
“This isn’t a substitute for our guidelines, which remain
our education tool for anyone responsible for the care and safety of players on
“It’s instead an opportunity for us to share real life
stories from the game to connect with players and show that a concussion can
happen to any player, at any level, at any time. The important thing is how you
respond in that moment - if in doubt, sit it out.”
As well as the three players, the film also features
Jonathan Hanson, a renowned sports physician and emergency care adviser to The
FA, who is on hand to provide some interesting things to know about concussions
- starting with some misconceptions:
“I think the strongest one is the idea that you have to be
knocked out to have a concussion.
“That only happens in about 10% of people. The vast majority
of players who have a concussion don't lose consciousness, they're not knocked
“The other one would be that you have to have a bang on the
head to get a concussion.
“It can be that it's just a shoulder charge,a body check,
that can give enough force to the head and to the brain to cause a concussion,
without actually a bang on the head.”
If you’re interested in learning more about concussion
management, including what to do in the event of a head injury and implementing
a graduated return to play, read our concussion guidelines here.
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