Concussion – Educate Yourself Before You Post
On the BBC Chris Sutton says this of Loris Karius: “I don’t really see the point in coming out and saying this as people will inevitably say he is making an excuse, which it may well be.”
As you read this, remember one thing – The brain has experienced trauma and is suffering with an injury.
The point is that if people choose to educate themselves they now have an opportunity to do so. People have an opportunity to learn what a concussion is. As a one-time manager of a league team I would have thought Sutton would have taken a concussion training through The FA. You can download The FA concussion resource HERE, and below is the excerpt talking about concussion.
So we have a head injury, a doctor telling the world a concussion was sustained, and The FA’s own literature talking about the symptoms of concussion.
“Loss of consciousness does not always occur in concussion (in fact it occurs in less than 10% of concussions). A concussed player may still be standing up and may not have fallen to the ground after the injury.” – The FA
Chris Sutton, and people like him are making it less likely people will come forward with concussions. This is already something players, even youth players, are under pressure to play through and this kind of stupidity is not only ignorant, it is dangerous. As a side, I would hope and expect the BBC to add a disclaimer regarding the stupidity of trying to hide a concussion, and to seek medical attention right away.
Why is this dangerous? Because people like the person in the Twitter exchange in the featured image will look at the comments of people like Chris Sutton and feel their view has been supported and validated. Chris, you should know better. Shame on you.