‘Out Of Our Hands’ – Coaches Say Head Injury Substitutions Shouldn’t Be Their Call

As trials for concussion substitutions in football are being proposed to begin next year, Humble Lion head coach Andrew Price and national senior women’s team head coach Hubert Busby agree that coaches should not influence decisions on whether a player can continue after a head injury.

The Concussion Expert Group, which met on October 21, formally recommended that the International Football Association Board (IFAB) start trials for substitutions for concussion-related injuries in January 2021 for interested competitions.

The IFAB said that the trials would better assess how the framework could be incorporated within the current laws of the game.

Price says that such calls should be left to the medical team as they are better equipped to make the assessment.


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