West Ham United Introduce New Concussion Screening Protocol
West Ham United have introduced a new Club-wide concussion screening protocol to help safeguard players of all ages from potentially serious head injuries.
A concussion is a disturbance in brain function caused by a blow to the head that can result in a wide variety of symptoms and signs, including headache, unsteadiness, confusion and, in the most severe cases, a short-term change in personality.
Following a number of high-profile incidents last season – including Guy Demel suffering a major head injury and concussion at Cardiff City in January – a decision was taken by the Premier League to formulate new regulations to protect players based on expert guidelines developed at the Fourth International Conference on Concussion in Sport held in Zurich in November 2013.
The new Premier League rules make clear that, when a serious head injury is suffered on the pitch, that the decision of the team doctor must be final.