Peter McCabe, Chief Executive of Headway – the brain injury association, said: “These comments are very worrying and again show a distinct lack of understanding about the dangers of concussion, as well as troubling insight into the lack of authority some team doctors seem to have.
“Players need to take the advice of doctors and adhere to the protocols, rather than follow a misguided sense of duty to their teammates which could result in a serious, possibly lifelong, injury.
“The decision must be taken out of players hands. If the doctor advises the player to leave the field then they should promptly do so, there should be no debate whatsoever.
“We know that the signs and symptoms of concussion can be delayed in their presentation, which is why it is so important to take an ‘if in doubt, sit it out’ approach to head injuries.”Back