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Premier League To Introduce Tunnel Doctors Under New Concussions Rules

Premier League To Introduce Tunnel Doctors Under New Concussions Rules
By Ben Kiely

The English FA is to install new rules on how to deal with concussions ahead of the upcoming Premier League season.

Under the new regulations, a player suffering a head injury must immediately leave the pitch. Managers or coaches will no longer decide if a player continues to play and the club doctor will make the final say.

Home teams in the Premier League must now have a tunnel doctor on match days to aid both teams' doctors. The tunnel doctor's duties include identifying potential concussions and watching TV replays to gauge the severity of collisions.

The Premier League will also employ its own doctor to conduct research and work with every club doctor in the league on important medical matters.

All Premier League players will have to undergo baseline neurological assessments at the start of the season.

These new regulations are introduced after the FA's attitude towards head injuries came under fire after several high-profile incidents over the last 12 months. One such incident was Tottenham allowing Hugo Lloris to continue playing after being involved in a heavy clash with Everton's Romelu Lukaku.

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Hat tip: BBC

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