Leading concussion expert advises introduction of 10-minute ‘evaluation substitutions’

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The introduction of a 10-minute evaluation period is the “optimal” way to deal with suspected concussion in football, according to the man who presented to the game’s law-making advisory panels last week.

Professor Jon Patricios, the director of Sports Concussion South Africa, addressed the football and technical advisory panels of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) in Zurich on October 23.

The IFAB released a statement following the meeting that an expert panel would be assembled to look at the issue in greater depth, which Patricios has been asked to join.

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The discussions may ultimately lead to the worldwide introduction of a 10-minute, off-field evaluation of any player suspected to have suffered concussion, with a ‘concussion substitute’ replacing that player either temporarily or permanently.

Patricios said the 10-minute evaluation struck t

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