Brain injury experts have warned football to urgently overhaul their medical protocols after the "alarming" and "extraordinary" chain of events following Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius's Champions League final concussion. The charities Headway and The Jeff Astle Foundation, as well as Taylor Twellman, whose own career was ended by a head injury, told Telegraph Sport that the final decision on whether players stay on the pitch following a suspected concussion should no longer rest with club doctors but an independent medical professional. Headway, Twellman and Dr Willie Stewart, the neuropathologist who diagnosed Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in former England striker Jeff Astle , also all called for football to follow rugby union in introducing temporary substitutions to allow players to leave the pitch for in-depth assessments. They also want the more proactive use of video technology during games, as is the case in American football, to assist doctors, coaches and officials in identifying incidents. Headway chief executive Peter McCabe questioned the "worrying" circumstances around how Karius completed the Champions League, where his mistakes helped Real Madrid to a 3-1 win, despite taking an elbow to the head and then being diagnosed five days later by doctors in Boston with concussion . "The… Read full this story
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