Football- National Headway has expressed its concern that Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was assessed as being fit to play on despite appearing to be significantly affected by a head injury after a clash on Sunday 5 October. It took around 15 minutes for Courtois to be replaced and led from the pitch with blood seemingly coming from his ear.
The Premier League and FA introduced 'stringent new rules' for the treatment of head injuries this season, following strong criticism from leading neurological experts from across the world. The new rules were designed to ensure no risks to players' health were taken. They state that if there is any suspicion of the player having sustained a concussion, they must be removed from the field of play, and not allowed to return. National Headway says “This incident calls into question whether these rules are working effectively.”
Rugby- New rules have been announced for the assessment and management of concussion in professional rugby union. The changes to existing rules are another step forward. "It is good to see that rugby union is taking the issue of concussion seriously," said Peter McCabe, Chief Executive of National Headway.