FIFA's World Cup drew in viewers throughout the world. The United States team did well this year, making it further than their last appearance in the soccer tournament. Although the sport appears to be gaining popularity, it is receiving some criticism for its handling of brain injuries during the competition.
FIFA most recently came under fire for how it handled players who were involved in collisions that included blows to the head and were suspected of suffering from brain injuries. Medical professionals recommend a doctor conduct an exam to see if the injury is severe before the player continues participating in the game. This protocol was not followed by those playing in the World Cup.
Multiple players were injured and disoriented due to collisions to the head during these games. Many of these players refused to leave the field and instead continued to play after the injury. The example currently receiving attention is that of Germany's Christoph Kramer in the championship match. The player received an injury after getting hit in the face by an Argentinean player. He played an additional 14 minutes after the blow to the head. After this time period he became disorientated and slumped to the ground. He was then removed from the game due to a suspected concussion.
Medical treatment and rehabilitation efforts connected to brain injuries like the one suffered by Kramer can be costly. If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury caused by another's negligent or reckless actions, compensation may be available to help cover these costs. Contact a head trauma attorney to discuss your legal options.
Source: Associated Press, "Kramer Head Injury Revives Concussion Concerns," Gerald Imrav, July 13, 2014