Post by Roy of the Rovers on Feb 24, 2021 17:09:03 GMT
I see that for a trial period from 6th March the 42 SPFL clubs have voted to allow teams to use up to 2 subs for players with suspected concussions. This is regardless of the number of subs they've already used, to negate shenanigans their opposition would be allowed to field an extra sub.
With the announcement yesterday of Gordon McQueen having vascular dementia it highlights the possible connections with head knocks and indeed heading the ball with similar conditions.
I actually don’t see how this helps the situation, unfortunately.
In order to allow a player to be properly assessed without the pressure of getting him back on the park it should have been a 10 minute temporary “concussion substitution”, if/when it is concussion, then that substitution becomes permanent and THEN the opposition gets an additional substitute themselves.
But the number of subs is not the issue when dealing with a possible concussion, it’s the player declaring themselves fit regardless and a manager wanting an answer as soon as possible so they are not down to 10 men for long. This ‘solution’ doesn’t neutralise either of these issues, so the first aider is actually going to be in the exact same position as we always have been, rushed into making a decision with a ‘patient’ that is desperate to continue playing.
If a player knows that they have 10 minutes to get through the assessment and have the chance of getting back on they will be more likely to go through the test at a pace conducive to getting the correct decision. A manager knows that his team aren’t playing with a man down while that testing is being conducted is more likely to leave you to do it without rushing you for an answer.
Just a wee update on the concussion subs.... shock horror the PFA and FIFPRO have realised that the current permanent subs puts too much pressure on medical staff and falls short of the intended target to protect players, they now want trials to be extended to include (you’ll never guess....) temporary subs. It really does make you wonder who was consulted before they decided on the original trial?
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