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Headway raises concerns over Hashim Amla incident

Tue 04 Jun 2019

Headway has featured in a Daily Telegraph article raising concerns that Hashim Amla returned to bat in the World Cup match against England after receiving a blow to the head.

Amla retired hurt after being hit on the helmet by a delivery from England’s Jofra Archer. He later returned to finish his innings, but after the match du Plessis stated that Amla was ‘all over the place when he came off the field’.

Team doctor Dr Mohammed Moosajee later said that Amla had passed a concussion assessment, but felt some symptoms the following day.

Luke Griggs, spokesperson for Headway – the brain injury association, said the incident was concerning.

“The entire purpose of concussion protocols is to put player safety above all,” said Luke.

“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.

“The comments from the team captain are troubling. If Hashim Amla was ‘all over the place’, it suggests that there was good reason to suspect he might have sustained a concussion.

“Concussion protocols clearly state that suspicion of concussion should result in the player being removed from the field of play and not being allowed to return.

“Concussion is not solely an issue for sports like football and rugby. Cricket South Africa needs to explain the comments made by Faf du Plessis.”

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