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tv   Sports Life - Why football has to take head injuries seriously  Deutsche Welle  January 15, 2022 5:15pm-5:30pm CET

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one of the most pressing issues facing football is the head injuries may be viewed simply as part and parcel of the game. but perceptions are changing. research has long been telling us about the dangers of head injuries in football, particularly the link with neurological illnesses. the response from the sports governing bodies however, has so far been negligible. and what we're basically saying is great. say as risk of dementia and muffin university, i have concerns whether i'm going to be put in heim 15 when you watch somebody that you love fade away, the effect on our lives is immeasurable. so let's take a look at the research and examine exactly what football needs to change. the 2020 euros france against germany. benjamin paval lives motionless after contesting a corner. the doctor conduct a quick assessment. the defender continues playing, but after the match,
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paval confirms most viewers initial fees. i took a hell of a shock. i was a little knocked out for 10 to 15 seconds. you a for said the concussion protocol had been appropriately followed by the france medical team. brain charity, headway, sort otherwise. it's very, very hard to understand how that was indeed to be a suspected concussion, particularly when the plan says he lost consciousness. i think it just exemplifies exactly how far behind football is dealing with this issue of concussion us g. as christoph baumgartener, and to dillo of portugal were also involved in controversial incidents. back of the 2014 world cup crystal chroma, infamously asked the referee to confirm he was playing in the final pot to being knocked out. chrome kept playing for 30 minutes and later said he couldn't remember the match at all. and who could forget blaze meant to 80 at the 20 ac we'll comp
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trying to drink from his water bottle. these incidents are just a few of many examples. lessons have clearly not been much that needs to be great to speak english, speak greater accountability and they need to share as of the medical teams defined for what they found. just like you 8, the thief also has a concussion protocol which states that a proper full assessment takes at least 10 minutes. but it's an immediate on field assessment, which determines whether a pie is concussed or not. any suspicion of concussion should result in the players removal from the field. it's not just concussions which are under the microscope. however, research also suggests that heading the football can be just as dangerous. the 1st, let's take a look at the science. so what actually happens during a concussion? we spoke to one of the leading experts in the field,
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dr. willie stewart from the university of glasgow. the brain is a soft jelly really floating suspended. i'm sorry, you just go on the scope but rich and box give us fantastic protection. so you can, you can knock yourself and have a know about solving jelly. but if you splitting the head really quickly, positive publisher to blow to the hey, is this go ahead and move quickly for the brain. just move slightly slower. just slight difference in the way to create stretch or sheer on the brain substance that causes the damage. this is with a t o chronic traumatic end. so philosophy comes in. the progressive brain condition was 1st recognized in boxes that has now been associated with nfl rugby as well as for bold. mm. dr. william the professional footballers association
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we find is that overall some dollars where by 3 times more likely to die off a dimension that figure feet are times high risk of dementia or day of measure it range from around a fivefold increase in best with most of you don't disease or the for for increasing vest adults i received a doubling of risk averse with arkansas disease. so we know the dangers. but how do you identify a concussion? only 10 percent of concussed athletes actually get knocked out. sometimes players don't even realize it. first. such as own young belinda keeper, andreas luther, when he suffered a nasty double had knock in january 2021 of the fathers ish, mathematica. both of us. okay. as by the european con, most i was honored some the arts by me of our and i just read off st. invoice to be shown remarks. which really, christine,
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thankfully looted decided to take himself off the pitch. but that isn't always the case. symptoms can be difficult to identify and they can occur hours or even days after the fact. and throughout all sport, it's often seen as tough or admirable to play through that pain barrier. lou to admit that male football is, are often under pressure due to the ideals of masculinity. they are, they will be shown to us. and to my similar exertion, i'm responsible coverage for voicemail handles called for let's women huntsell mythos phillips does invest in food for policy income. when shall i stop? in effect, our problem can be done with the slim. i took it, the long term consequences take time to materialize. the players are of course, also at risk in the short term. for example, what could happen if a football a stays on the pitch after concussion a further head blow could cause uncontrolled swelling of the brain, which is known as 2nd impact syndrome. the prosecutor, but unfortunate law sawyer,
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that there was, she just ignored it. because the uncontrolled spelling of the brain can lead to death, fray hold away was forced to retire after suffering 3 concussions within 18 months . one of which was particularly scary for the former crystal palace, captain. i passed all the pro caustic, every single box to be able to go back out onto the pitch and play for the fact that then within 5 minutes of that i then had 2 seizures on the side of the pitch. i think for me is quite worrying because had i gone back out and then took another not to had what could have happened. the dangers of head trauma are clear and the likelihood of suffering a head injury during a football match is quite high. research is also increasingly linking heading the football with neuro degenerative diseases. most head is of course, don't connect with balls traveling that fast. and more research is definitely
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necessary. but player can make about 20 head is per game. that could mean as many as 10000 headers during a career. so say, you know, we're starting to go in the law, but i thought i could have offices as might have had you had a few times. you say, i know the all right. but if i, the football, but i say probable was made tennis, but he had a problem. so could football ever actually considered? did she had incompletely or is it simply to central to the game when and also 2021? brian charity had changed. organized matchers, spending mill town in the northeast of england to find out who in the 1st half heading was restricted to just the penalty box. and in the 2nd, it wasn't allowed at all. petro is a topic close to the heart of head for change, chairwoman, dr. judith gates. who, who spin bill gates is next pro and suffers from dementia. when you watch somebody
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that you love fade away by degrees, when you watch the light go out in their eyes, when you see bewilderment where previously with confidence, the effect on our lives is immeasurable. dr. gates is not calling for an outright ban, but she does want to educate players and put more pressure on governing bodies to take up the file. you only have one brain and if that is damaged and 30 years later you see the signs of that there's no going back. many former england internationals have also passed away after suffering from dementia, including re wilson jack charlan and most recently knobby stalls. and that has certainly weighed heavily on the next generation. roughly 15 to 20 percent of goals in europe's top. 5 lakes are in fact scored by headers. any restriction would be a major role change to when should health trump tradition?
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well, that's on fif of the world's governing body to decide what football is to ask is not the question. this is heading necessary for i think it elevated in it asked that question is, is dementia unnecessary risk of being what ration saying? reach that as risk of dementia and loving universe. let's be honest. a ban on heading isn't happening any time soon, but football is held does have to start coming 1st. ah. as mentioned for anyway, for both have a concussion protocols, but as we've also seen, they aren't really being administered correctly for takes its responsibility in relation to concussion very seriously. protecting the health of players is a top priority. english football is leading the way in terms of research and funding. they introduce concussion substitutions as part of a trial set up by the international football association board. while other top legs rejected the chance,
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the premier league says medics have as much time as required to make an on field assessment. but not every one is convinced by permanent substitutions. ultimately, while the concept is that if you do permanent substance, no risk of up and coming back on after that say assessment. the reality is that the medics on the page do have 2 minutes or 3 minutes to assess up for whether they are should potentially can customer. so alternately putting more pressure not less on the medical teams and anonymity, absolutely nothing is going to change. instead, there is a coal for temporary substitutions which already exists in other sports. here the play is immediately substituted and taken off the pitch. then they have to undertake a longer assessment before they include. if they pass the tests, they can return to play positions, administrators. the doctor's end up in many national associations would wish to go down the line of high temperature supposition. and pat logan affects them,
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but it's not within their give. so it needs the global being that his own to the pressure is coming from elsewhere. while football is dragging his feet other schools in the world a miles ahead when it comes to dealing with concussion, the nfl and world rugby, uh, just 2 organizations which have been forced to tweak rules and introduce stringent protocols in the wake of high profile, cold cases football could and should be next. i dread to think what's going to cause not whether it's going to be a tragedy or whether it's going to be legal action. if nothing changes, nothing happens, not a big pretty much can secure themselves. the lawyers for to, for 2 years, like ultimately the buck stops with favor. so how exactly are they going to react? fifa is looking at research into all areas of brain health fe for believes that further research is needed to establish a formal link between heading and brain injuries. it's clear,
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