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Mar 17, 2013
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Football head injuries are in the news again they are saying they knew of the dangers of concussion as far back as 1983 and in rugby an adult player who has been concussed must not return to play until they have been medically cleared to do so, they must have had a minimum 24 hour complete rest period and be symptom free, how is it boxers can knock lumps out of each other for several rounds and when they have been knocked to the floor can get back up after a short count and carry on taking damage to the head, is this a case of they cannot do anything about boxing without ruining it for spectators so they let it carry on?

Minutes of a Football Association meeting in 1983 "indicate [it] was always fully aware of the dangers" of concussion in football, say former players and their families who are suing several of the game's governing bodies.

The group alleges that despite that, the FA "failed to take action to reduce the risk to players to the lowest reasonable level", as stated in 'particulars of claim' in a High Court action, and seen by the BBC.
The Football Associations of England and Wales, the English Football League (EFL) and rule-making body the International Football Association Board (Ifab) are accused of being "negligent and in breach of the duty of care owed" to the ex-players.

The claimants are said to have suffered "permanent long-term neurological injuries" as a result.

"At all material times the defendants knew, or ought reasonably to have known, of the likelihood of brain injuries, including long-term neurological injuries, due to the cumulative effect of repeated… injuries to the brain occurring in the sport", allege the claimants.

They say a meeting of the FA's medical committee in December 1983 concluded "players who had been concussed should take no further part in the game.

"However, in the absence of disclosure, it is unclear whether (or if so what) action was taken as a result of this conclusion."

In a statement to the BBC, the FA said it was "not able to comment on ongoing legal proceedings" but "we continue to take a leading role in reviewing and improving the safety of our game".

Full article - https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/68625899

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