Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Report: Expert Criticizes FIFA Over WC Concussion Protocols
Associated Press, July 16th, 2014 2:54PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  fifa, world cup 2014

MOST COMMENTED

A concussion expert tells the Associated Press that FIFA and the World Cup organizers repeatedly failed to follow their own concussion protocol and then did not take advantage of the opportunity to use the international event to teach fans and young players about the danger of head injuries.

"I'm worried about how many kids emulate these athletes. It wasn't just one athlete hurt; it was one multiplied by one million," expert Chris Nowinski said on Tuesday. "They didn't even use a bully pulpit and say: 'This is unacceptable.'" Nowinski is a former American football player turned professional wrestler who retired because of concussions. He helped start the Sports Legacy Institute to educate the public about head injuries.

On several occasions during the month-long tournament, players sustained obvious concussions but continued to play, putting them at risk of severe brain damage. One of the clearest examples was in Sunday’s final, where Germany midfielder Christoph Kramer had to be helped off the field after colliding with Argentina’s Ezequiel Garay, saying he didn’t remember much about the collision, which is a clear sign of a concussion.

"Clearly if there is a protocol, it isn't being followed," Nowinski added. "It was a great teaching point: Immediately after the injury, you can't leave it up to the athlete. Some of these concussions, they clearly weren't able to make decisions for themselves." Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Report: Real Beats Barca to Promising Youngster    
Real Madrid has beaten Barcelona to the signing of promising youngster Marco Asensio, in what Spanish ...
Guardiola Hopes Messi Stays at Barca     
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola said he hopes "with all my heart" that Lionel Messi ends ...
Man City, Bayern Fans Persist with UEFA Protest    
PA Sport reports that Manchester City and Bayern Munich will continue their "Respect ... Fans" protest ...
Report: Sony to End FIFA Partnership     
Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony will become the second official FIFA sponsor to decide not to ...
Arsenal Fails to Register Giroud for UCL     
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud will be forced to sit out the Gunners' crucial UEFA Champions League ...
Koeman: Saints Can Finish Top Four    
Southampton coach Ronald Koeman insists his team can remain in the Premier League's top four following ...
Mourinho Downplays Di Matteo's Chelsea Success     
Jose Mourinho refused to be drawn into a comparison with former Chelsea coach Roberto Di Matteo, ...
Report: Barca's Vermaelen May Need Surgery     
Goal.com reports that Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen could require surgery to cure the hamstring injury that ...
Messi's Top Ten Records    
Barcelona striker Lionel Messi, who became La Liga's all-time leading scorer (253 goals) following his hat ...
Rodgers Admits His Future Could be in Doubt     
Brendan Rodgers admitted that he could be fired after Liverpool slumped to a fourth successive defeat ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives