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Loris Karius: How did Liverpool goalkeeper play on with concussion?

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Loris Karius lets in Gareth Bale's second goal in the Champions League final defeat by Real MadridLiverpool's Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid was defined by many factors, but none more so than the two errors by goalkeeper Loris Karius. Throwing the ball directly at Karim Benzema was bad enough, but letting Gareth Bale's shot slip through his fingers was inexplicable.But now, perhaps, an explanation has emerged, after the 24-year-old German was diagnosed with concussion by medical experts in Boston five days after the match.
Real defender Sergio Ramos, already cast as the villain by some Liverpool fans for his involvement in the incident that led to Mohamed Salah's injury-enforced withdrawal from the final, was pictured colliding with Karius moments before his first mistake.So how did Karius continue the game with concussion, how might it have affected him and why are medics "handcuffed" in their treatment of the problem[/img]
Is this just an excuse?
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Karius has represented Germany at age-group level and featured for the Under-21 side in 2014According to medical experts in Boston, no. The team at Massachusetts General Hospital, which included leading NFL head injury expert Dr Ross Zafonte, concluded it was "possible" the injury "would affect performance".leading a new study into the links between heading footballs and head trauma. "People tend to associate the signs of concussion with a loss of consciousness or staggering around. But for many, concussion symptoms can quite easily be missed by the medical team, referees, team-mates and the player," Stewart tells BBC Sport."It can take hours and days for symptoms to develop, which is why we try to promote a very low threshold for concern so that if there is any doubt that a player is concussed they should be removed from the field of play."
Could the medical team have done more[/img]
"It's only with the benefit of hindsight you go back and say maybe that slight blow could have been a significant injury, maybe it's something else that we don't know about. "In a fast-moving game where something fairly innocuous seems to happen it can be difficult to spot. What we are trying to encourage is if you see a player who is not behaving as they might be expected to, that's where suspicion should be raised. "Maybe it could be argued that the two significant errors [by Karius] should have drawn attention to people on the sidelines that something wasn't quite right. "But football is operating in the last century in terms of brain injury management, when the rest of sport has moved on. The medical staff don't have a good opportunity to check the player properly and check the video about what might have happened."
Did the concussion lead to Karius' errors?
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Karius collided with Sergio Ramos shortly before his first mistake - but doctors have not said if that was the cause of the concussionOnly a few minutes separated Karius' collision with Ramos and him gifting the ball Benzema, leading to the first goal.Were the two incidents directly linked[/img]
"So it's not that unusual for people with concussion to have subtle visual symptoms, such as the eyes not moving as quickly as they should or not focusing as well as they should. You get a sense of double vision or difficulty tracking objects and that can lead to problems in a fast-moving match."Bale's second goal might have been straight at Karius, but it was certainly moving and potentially difficult to track. No-one will know if it was concussion or the pressure of the match that led to Karius' mistakes from an objective point of view. That is part of the problem, says Stewart, as diagnosis relies on someone's opinion. "There are no objective diagnostic tests," he adds.
Why are medics being 'handcuffed' on concussion?
Football is not alone in having to deal with this growing problem. English rugby union's latest annual injury audit showed concussion was the most reported injury for the sixth successive season in 2016-17.But Stewart says that despite greater resources, football is lagging behind other sports that have chosen to modernise by having video screens to check on any potential head injuries. "In terms of its immediate pitchside management and the way the medics are left to deal with this, they are handcuffed," says Stewart. "Football doesn't allow an interchange for a player to be assessed to see if he has a brain injury; doesn't allow significant time for the medics to assess the player; doesn't have a video review of events to be able say if there was a glancing blow on my goalkeeper's head which I didn't notice."It's unacceptable in 2018 that it should be this way."
What are the existing Uefa regulations?
Head injury protocol is covered under Article 47 of the governing body's Champions League regulations:
47.01: In the event of a suspected concussion the referee stops the game to allow the injured player to be assessed by the team doctor, in accordance with Law 5 of the IFAB Laws of the Game. In principle this should take no more than three minutes, unless a serious incident requires the player to be treated on the field of play or immobilised on the field for immediate transfer to hospital (e.g. spinal injury).
47.02: Any player suffering a head injury that requires assessment for potential concussion will only be allowed to continue playing after the assessment, on specific confirmation by the team doctor to the referee of the player's fitness to do so.
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