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French national team player Eugenie Le Sommer is joining a FIFPro campaign to raise awareness about concussion at the Women’s World Cup in France.

The Olympique Lyonnais forward joins Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech in recording a message for their fellow players to promote a new video about the dangers of the head injury.

Over the coming weeks, national players unions will be organizing meetings with each of the 24 Women's World Cup national teams to teach players about concussion, using the video made by FIFPro.

While there are fewer concussions in football than, for example, rugby, footballers must be aware of the symptoms to alert medical staff, Le Sommer said. If a concussed player stays in the game he or she risks “second impact syndrome” which can be deadly.

“I have seen concussed players asking to remain on the pitch,” the 29-year-old Le Sommer, who has played more than 150 times for France, says. “That should never be allowed.”

Medical research shows that women footballers are at a higher risk of suffering a concussion than men, although there are less high-profile cases on record because fewer women's football games are televised.

The FIFA Women's World Cup takes place from June 7-July 7.

"A concussion can happen at any time in football and the Women's World Cup is a good opportunity to raise awareness among players, team staff and the wider public about the potential danger of such an injury," FIFPro Chief Medical Officer Dr. Vincent Gouttebarge said.

FIFPro is stepping up its campaign about concussion after a spate of mishandled cases of players with suspected concussion. Fabian Schaer continued playing for Switzerland in a UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier even after passing out because of a clash of heads. (See picture below).

Also in March, Olympique Lyonnais goalkeeper Anthony Lopes lost consciousness in a Champions League match against Barcelona, but was allowed to play on for ten minutes. David Ospina clashed with an opponent in a Serie A match for Napoli, yet remained on the pitch until he lost consciousness 30 minutes later.

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At the last two men's World Cups, Germany’s Christian Kramer, Alvaro Pereira of Uruguay and Morocco’s Nordin Amrabat continued playing after suspected concussions.

FIFPro is calling footballs stakeholders to adopt new measures to improve concussion management in football, for instance making it obligatory for an independent doctor to assist the team doctor and assess whether a player with a head injury should be allowed to return to the pitch.

The world players' union also want doctors to be given at least 10 minutes to assess the extent of an injury to a player with a suspected concussion, and for football stakeholders to explore the possibility of a temporary substitute during this period.

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