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Re: Club Statement: Cillian Willis
Posted by: H's D - Editor
Date: 10/01/2019 00:08
Who do you think should have taken responsibility for Bloodgate occurring GOS?
For me it was all of the above. Not just the medic.
I'm not sure if the same can't be said for cases where an immediate HIA should be made, but isn't.

Baxter and Dimes have both critized the hair trigger for an HIA and the fact that players can then be off the pitch for 14 minutes after 'a slap to the head'. Baxter has also expressed concern how that trigger could be even more sensitive should Cillian Willis succeed in his legal action, and a doctors situation untenable when working in this field.

I'm not sure that I agree as I think Willis' injury in 2013 occurred when the far briefer and less comprehensive pitch-side concussion assessment (PSCA) was the protocol.
Did the Cillian Willis tragedy not play a small but significant part in the drive for a better safety protocol for head trauma? I remember his cousin BOD (the son of two physicians!) carried on (and was still apparently blind to possible consequences) in 2014 until he retired by occasionally "talking his way back onto the pitch"

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