Headway critical of decision to let goalie play after head injury

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Headway, the National Brain Injury Charity has been highly critical of Tottenham's decision to allow Hugo Lloris to carry on playing after losing consciousness during yesterday's Barclays Premier League match against Everton.

Lloris was struck in the head when he collided with Lukaku (Everton Striker). He was apparently unconscious for a few minutes,  needed treatment and the game was stopped for over 9 minutes. Despite Lloris not remembering the match, he was allowed to play on.

Headway has described this decision as dangerous and irresponsible.    

"We are hugely concerned that a professional football club should take such an irresponsible and cavalier attitude to a player's health...When a player - or any individual - suffers a blow to the head that is severe enough for them to lose consciousness, it is vital they urgently seek appropriate medical attention.

A physio or doctor treating a player on pitch simply cannot accurately gauge the severity of the damage caused to the player's brain in such a setting as there may be delayed presentation of symptoms.  

By continuing to play, the player may have caused greater damage to his brain. He should have been removed from the game immediately and taken to hospital for thorough tests and observation."said Luke Griggs, spokesperson for Headway.

I too was concerned to hear that Lloris had been allowed to continue.  It worries me what message this sends out to young players and coaches. Will they simply carry on without seeking medical attention because they see their footballing hero do it? Will it trivialise the significance of a head injury and seeking immediate attention?

I appreciate that he has access to excellent medical treatment and advice and like most sportsmen and women has a real determination to compete and do their very best.  I would have thought that someone being knocked out on the pitch would have resulted in an automatic substitution and need for hospital treatment. Would it have been different if it wasn't the goalie?

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