UEFA has launched a concussion charter for teams and national team competitions in order to safeguard the health of their players.
The governing body has asked clubs and national teams to sign the charter, which details the concussion protocols to be followed in the event of a head injury.
Club and national team physicians are being urged to organize particular education sessions to advise players, coaches, and staff on the concussion process to be followed at UEFA matches as part of the charter's requirements.
Following a head injury, the team doctor will conduct a three-minute examination to determine if the player should be permitted to continue.
"Concussion is undoubtedly a serious injury which needs to be managed and treated properly,"
said UEFA Medical Committee chairman
to the governing body'sofficial website
"The health and safety of any players taking part in Europe’s club and national team competitions is of paramount importance not only to UEFA, but also to national associations across the continent.
"Although research studies report a low incidence in football, everyone should know how to react and what to do in the event of a concussion on the pitch.
"By signing this charter, clubs and national teams will demonstrate their support for UEFA's concussion awareness activities and take a considerable step forward in helping to protect their players."
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