Why a Concussion Is the Worst Kind of Sports Injury

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Your team winning the World Cup is a rare moment to savor as player, a feeling that will last a lifetime. Unfortunately for German midfielder Christoph Kramer, he cannot recollect much of the event. “I can’t remember that much from the game,” The Guardian reports Kramer as saying. “I don’t know anything from the first half. I thought later that I went straight off after the incident. How I got to the changing rooms I do not know. I don’t know anything else. The game, in my head, starts only in the second half.”

Kramer’s inability to remember what happened is due to a collision the German had with Argentine Ezequiel Garay around the 19-minute mark in the World Cup final. Kramer went down after his jaw forcefully met Garay’s shoulder as the two vied for the ball. Kramer was treated and was allowed to continue playing. His substitution did not occur until 31 minutes of the match had passed. Then, Kramer unsteadily left the field, replaced by André Schürrle.

The episode, unfortunately, was not the only controversial concussion-related event. During the Uruguay-England match in June, Uruguay’s Alvaro Pereira took a knee to his head from England’s Raheem Sterling. For a short period, Pereira was knocked out, but after an equally brief treatment on the sidelines, was allowed to return to the game. As a result, the World Players’ Union, FIFPro, called on FIFA to investigate the body’s concussion protocol.