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Recognize, Report, Remove

Over recent years the football community has become more aware of the dangers of concussion. That’s why all matches are now stopped immediately if a player suffers a blow to the head.

But many players still don't know enough about what a concussion is. FIFPRO has developed a campaign with Petr Cech, Alvaro Pereira and Eugenie Le Sommer to tell you more.

Petr Cech’s advice

For Chelsea and then Arsenal, Cech famously had to play with a head guard following a concussion incident in 2006.

Here, the former Czech goalkeeper introduces our video which aims to give players what could be life-saving information.

Recognize, Report, Remove

The video is part of an educational toolkit that FIFPRO developed after consulting players, unions and concussion experts. These experts, including medical specialists from other sports, unanimously recommended to focus on the three R’s:

  • Recognise a possible concussion in a teammate or opponent;
  • Report a suspected concussion to the coaching and medical staff;
  • Remove any player with a suspected concussion from the field.

“The main goal is to get players with a suspected concussion removed from a match or training to protect their health,” said Dr. Vincent Gouttebarge, FIFPRO’s Chief Medical Officer.

 

Le Sommer instructs World Cup teams

In the run-up to the 2019 Women’s World Cup, FIFPRO showed the concussion awareness video to most of the participating national teams this time with an introduction from France and Olympique Lyonnais forward Eugénie Le Sommer.

“It's vital that we respond correctly when a teammate shows symptoms of a concussion”

— by Steph Houghton, England national team captain.
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England's national women's team

Five minutes that could save your life (or someone else’s)

This FIFPRO Concussion Quiz will help you to discover a lot of the key facts around concussion. And it only takes five minutes!

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Petr Cech's experience

Petr Cech also talked about his experiences with concussion and about how to deal with concussion in an exclusive interview with FIFPRO.