From the 6th February, the English Premier League will introduce Concussion substitutes following the lead from rugby and other sports.
There has been a growing base of evidence that suggests the increased risk of injury following a concussion. In 2014, as part of the UEFA Champions League Injury Study, it was found that “Sports related concussion increases the risk of subsequent injury by about 50% in elite male football players.” (https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/48/19/1447).
When I work with athletes who have reoccurring niggles and injuries, I will assess for disturbance to the Vestibular System and assess for coordination issues.
If injuries keep coming back, it’s important that we assess these areas and iron out any issues before accelerating our to return to play.
Being confident you can control your own body in space is important before you start to introduce a dynamic environment of weather, pitch, the ball and other players.