ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
REGISTER
LOGIN
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
Wednesday May 1, 2019

Football can learn a lot from rugby’s concussion protocols as player gets sent back out after bad knock

Rugby is leading the way in terms of concussion protocols according to fans, after distressing scenes in yesterday’s Champions League football.

ADVERTISEMENT

After receiving a blow to the face, Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen received treatment and was clearly struggling. However, he was about to play on before vomiting and almost fainting, forcing Tottenham to make the substitution.

Since then, this has raised many concerns from fans, highlighting rugby’s Head Injury Assessment protocol as the example in modern sport of how these matters should be addressed.

As a result, CEO of World Rugby Brett Gosper has tweeted saying he is “happy to share” with FIFA the “learnings and protocols” surrounding concussions.

This injury has flagged where football may be lagging behind other sports with regards to player welfare, and there has been a myriad of fans taking to Twitter suggesting rugby’s HIA assessment becomes used in football, whereby a potentially injured player can be temporarily replaced as they undergo tests.

ADVERTISEMENT

Concussions and player welfare have been some of the main priorities of World Rugby’s over the past few years, as they seek to crack down on the alarming number of players that either retired due to concussion symptoms or missed huge segments of their career.

It is a problem that is widespread in both codes of rugby, with some of its biggest stars such as Johnny Sexton and Leigh Halfpenny battling with concussions throughout their careers so far.

ADVERTISEMENT

Former Springboks and Racing 92 star Pat Lambie was another high-profile player to end his career prematurely this season due to head injuries, which propelled the topic into the spotlight once again. World Rugby have continued to make law changes to make the game safer as a consequence.

Of course, head injuries like the one seen in yesterday’s football are not as common as those seen in rugby, but it nonetheless does not mean that there should not be measures in place for the next time it happens, and football can learn a lot from rugby.

Watch KNOCKED below, a documentary exploring the realities of concussion issues in rugby

Video Spacer

Related Articles

  • 26 WEEKS AGO

    Just Jonny Wilkinson smashing people

  • 26 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Brilliant footage shows old school...

  • 27 WEEKS AGO

    Crazy scenes as player deliberately kicks...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Faf De Klerk Involved With Wild Trick Play In Japanese Top League

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Italian Star With A Mind Blowing Finish For Toulouse

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Quick Thinking Etzebeth Scores Thrilling Try To Keep Sharks Alive In London

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Carlin Isles scores cracking tries in return to sevens rugby

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Chaotic try in classic footage shows just how unpredictable a rugby ball can be

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Nasty Stamp During Top 14 Clash Caught Up Close On Camera

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Leicester Tigers And Springbok Number Eight In Hot Water For Sickening Ankle Roll

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Controversy Brewing Following Lack Of TMO intervention In ‘Dangerous’ Toulouse Tackle

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Toulouse demonstrate power with spine tingling hits

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Ugly Club Rugby Incident Caught On Camera

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Sevens magic as 'headed' try brings stadium to its feet

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Almost 35,000 have now signed petition to reverse new grassroots tackle laws

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    RFU introduce maximum of waist high tackling in amateur rugby

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Big players omitted in Borthwick's new squad and Jones finds a new job - The fallout

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Chaotic try in classic footage shows just how unpredictable a rugby ball can be

View All

Funnies

  • 1 HOUR AGO

    Skydiver Interrupts Rugby Match With Clear High Tackle

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Faf De Klerk Involved With Wild Trick Play In Japanese Top League

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Sevens magic as 'headed' try brings stadium to its feet

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Australian Broadcasters Slammed For ‘Pathetic’ Attack On International Referee

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    “I’m Too Old” Referee Substituted In Bizarre Incident

View All

Amateur

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    You Won’t See Many Better Than This Silky-Smooth Try From Llandovery RFC

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes As Caldy RFC Hand Ealing First Championship Defeat Of The Season

  • 27 WEEKS AGO

    Dubious Score Decides Result Of Rugby's Biggest Schools Fixture

  • 27 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes At School Boys Rugby Match

  • 27 WEEKS AGO

    The Next Dominant Backrow?

View All

Player Features

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Sarah Mckenna plays crossbar challenge with cheeky drop goal

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Capuozzo shows class with 'superman' flying finish

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Slade out and Lions star in as England injuries cause changes

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Josh Bassett signs for new premiership team after short stay at Harlequins

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Exeter fly half to depart for France

View All