Spotlight on concussions after head injury in Premier League
LONDON >> Lying flat on the Vicarage Road pitch, it seemed Anthony Martial’s game could be prematurely over. The Manchester United forward had clashed with Watford defender Daryl Janmaat’s head as they both soared to reach the descending ball.
But after receiving attention from United’s doctor, Martial continued playing Sunday — for a short time, at least. Seven minutes later, Martial was off the field for good. It immediately raised questions about why Martial had remained in the game, if concussion was suspected.
The continued uncertainty about Martial’s condition has prompted scrutiny of United’s adherence to concussion protocols. But Ian Beasley, who helped to create the FA guidelines, cautioned against a rush to judgment against clubs or his fellow doctors.
“Things happen on the pitch that are easy to see from the stands and on camera but are not easy to see on the touchline,” Beasley told The Associated Press.
— The Associaterd Press