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Seb Bowerman and the concussion protocols that allowed him to continue after a head injury

Bracknell Town physio Liam Day completed several tests on the youngster before allowing him to return to action

Seb Bowerman and the concussion protocols that allowed him to continue after a head injury

Bracknell Town’s Seb Bowerman has had a a tough couple of days after suffering a blow to the head against Flackwell Heath on Saturday and being on the end of a heavy challenge that resulted in the sending off of Wantage Town’s Ryan Markham on Tuesday night.

Bowerman was treated by Bracknell’s physio Liam Day on Saturday who took us through the process of deciding whether a player could continue, particularly in the wake of Joe Allen’s substitution in the Wales vs Republic of Ireland World Cup Qualifier last week and subsequent omission from Stoke City’s squad to face Manchester City at the weekend.

Day said: “There was no concussion involved in Seb’s injury. It was a small cut to the side of his left eye but healed nicely and he is fit and ready for Tuesday night against Wantage. It wasa shock the referee didn’t see the incident but linesman flagged for the head injury.”

Liam Day treats Bracknell Town's Seb Bowerman. Photo: Neil Graham.

Liam Day treats Bracknell Town’s Seb Bowerman. Photo: Neil Graham.

According to WalesOnline, further assessments on Joe Allen confirmed that the Stoke midfielder had suffered a severe concussion, with manager Mark Hughes claiming that the midfielder was finding it hard to remember the incident.

He said: “He had a bang to the head. He found it difficult to remember the incident itself, that tells you where he’s at in terms of the severity of it. He doesn’t remember anything. We’ve got to be very careful.”


Day confirmed tests were completed on Bowerman before he returned to the action and even compelted the game and the youngster even got amongst the assists in Tuesday nights win over Wantage.

The Bracknell physio said: ” I did tests on him on the side of the pitch. Memory tests and another assessment at half time and then again at full time.

“In a concussion situation it would’ve meant him being taken off straight away and a possible trip to the hospital to get a double analysis. It’d almost certainly then be two weeks out. Concussion takes time to get over and you need the two weeks so you don’t suffer any further recurrence of the injury or further damage to the head.”

More information on concussion guidelines can be found here on the on FA website. If in doubt, sit them out.

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Main image: Seb Bowerman and Liam Day by Neil Graham.

Tom Canning

Tom is the co-editor of FootballinBracknell. He has played at the lowest possible level of football. In real life Tom works for Trinity Mirror. Manager of Binfield Ladies in the Thames Valley Women's League.

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