Friday, 25 January 2013

FIFA concentrate on concussion after Potts panic

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has promised that FIFA are taking the matter of concussion in football very seriously.

His comments come after West Ham left back Dan Potts was knocked unconscious in Wednesday night’s clash between West Ham and Arsenal at the Emirates, after a collision with Arsenal full back Bacary Sagna.

Blatter tweeted: “Best wishes & quick recovery to Dan Potts. Concussion in football is a big issue that FIFA is taking very seriously”.

He also tweeted a link to the FIFA website which detailed a meeting of experts held in November to discuss how to treat and avoid concussion in sport.

FIFA’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Jiri Dvorak said: “What we are expecting is to develop very practical, simple, easy to use tools that could be applied for coaches, for the paramedical personnel on the sidelines and in grassroots, where there is little medical attention.”

Potts is making a good recovery and is expected to back in first team action in the next couple of weeks, but preventative measures can only be a good thing in this day and age to avoid it happening to more young stars.

By Lucy Woolford

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