Spot­light on con­cus­sions after head in­jury in Pre­mier League

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS -

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

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