August 12, 2022

EXCLUSIVE: BT Sport pundits are educated in easy methods to appropriately seek advice from concussion accidents – after Chris Sutton referred to as Michael Owen a ‘caveman’ for utilizing incorrect terminology

  • BT Sport workers have acquired coaching in easy methods to appropriately report on concussions 
  • Pundits and presenters had been warned to not downplay potential mind accidents
  • Michael Owen was referred to as a ‘caveman’ for utilizing sure terminology in February 

BT Sport workers have acquired coaching in easy methods to appropriately report on concussions, with pundits and presenters warned to not downplay potential mind accidents by describing them as ‘bumps’, ‘bangs’, ‘dings’ or ‘knocks’.

Michael Owen was criticised for utilizing such terminology throughout BT’s protection of a Champions League conflict between Benfica and Ajax in February. 

Sportsmail columnist Chris Sutton, a concussion campaigner whose father Mike – a former skilled footballer – died with dementia, referred to as Owen a ‘caveman’ for his views.

BT Sport workers have acquired coaching and schooling in easy methods to appropriately report on concussions

They were warned not to downplay potential brain injuries by calling them 'bumps' or 'knocks'

They had been warned to not downplay potential mind accidents by calling them ‘bumps’ or ‘knocks’

There are issues that trivialising concussion has a harmful impact on how youngsters see mind accidents.

Examples embody describing a Premier League footballer as being ‘wobbly’ when again on his toes after a head conflict, or praising him as a ‘warrior’ for enjoying on.

BT’s soccer, rugby, cricket and boxing reporters have now sat by way of workshops from the charity Concussion Legacy Basis with workers being proven clips of when concussion was appropriately or incorrectly reported. 

Additionally they heard from Peter Robinson, the daddy of 14-year-old Ben Robinson — who died in 2011 after a college rugby recreation, having been allowed again on to the pitch 3 times after being handled for blows to the pinnacle.

Workers had been additionally suggested to not seek advice from potential concussions as ‘head accidents’ however fairly underline the severity by calling them ‘mind accidents’ and spotlight the signs.

BT’s coaching is detailed in a brand new e-book about dementia in soccer referred to as The Stunning Sport and The Ugly Reality, out in June.