English football tightens up concussion guidelines

LONDON (AP) — Club doctors will have the final say on whether a player stays on the pitch after a head injury during English Premier League matches as part of new guidelines on concussion introduced for the new season.

The return-to-play guidelines have been tightened up by the English Football Association, with players who have sustained a head injury compelled to leave the pitch and teams to have a member of its medical team dedicated to looking after players with head injuries.

The FA says an awareness campaign is being rolled out, while presentations about concussion management will be made to players ahead of the new season.

All players also are required to "undergo preseason baseline cognitive testing every season to detect any risk that may exist through previous injury."

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