Footballers who sustain a suspected concussion, either during training or in a game, should immediately be removed from the pitch and not allowed to return until the appropriate treatment has been administered.
That is the message at the heart of new guidelines launched by The FA for managing head injuries at all levels of the game.
- A concussion is an injury to the brain
- All concussions should be regarded as potentially serious and managed appropriately
- Loss of consciousness does not occur in majority of cases
- Anyone exhibiting symptoms must immediately be removed from playing or training
- There must be no return to play on the day of any suspected concussion