Following the launch of the UEFA concussion consciousness marketing campaign in October 2019 and as an additional step in the direction of defending the well being of gamers, UEFA organised a particular concussion administration webinar with the crew docs of the 24 nationwide associations taking part in UEFA EURO 2020.
The aim of the webinar was to offer the crew docs with the most recent steerage and knowledge obtainable on concussion administration in addition to to reply their questions on this essential subject, which is usually underestimated by technical employees and gamers as a result of lots of them nonetheless have no idea sufficient about what a concussion is.
Docs may also be put beneath undue stress from crew officers, spectators and gamers, so to guard their obligation to safeguard gamers’ well being, the UEFA Medical Committee has drawn up a collection of suggestions to assist docs of their duties. These suggestions have been integrated into the EURO 2020 Concussion Constitution.
The final secretaries, head coaches and crew docs of the 24 groups taking part in UEFA EURO 2020 have signed the constitution, pledging their assist and committing to implement the next suggestions:
- All gamers must endure a neurological baseline check to assist concussion administration evaluation on the sector and on return-to-play selections. The worth of this check is that if a participant has a suspected concussion in the course of the match, an identical evaluation might be made and the outcomes of the preliminary baseline check can be utilized for comparability.
- Use of a medical assessment system that’s offered freed from cost by UEFA and that can permit crew docs to assessment match footage utilizing totally different digicam angles and slow-motion features to higher assess any potential head harm and/or concussion incidents.
- Organisation of an schooling session for all gamers and crew employees utilizing the video and the poster produced by UEFA for the attention marketing campaign.
- For any head harm and/or suspected concussion, the crew physician ought to inform in writing UEFA earlier than the participant returns to play or prepare that he has handed every of the steps set out within the Graduated Return to Play Protocol referred within the handbook of the UEFA Soccer Physician Training Programme or equal device, and that the participant is match for the competitors or to coach.
The constitution states: “Because the Common Secretary, Head Coach and Crew Physician of the nationwide crew choice, we absolutely assist UEFA’s steerage on how one can recognise a concussion and the way it must be managed from the time of harm via protected return to soccer. We affirm that if a participant of our crew is suspected of getting suffered a concussion, he shall be instantly faraway from the pitch, whether or not in coaching or match play.”