Macauley calls for ‘concussion sub’ rule.
Dublin star Michael Darragh Macauley has called on the GAA to consider allowing teams to bring on a concussion substitute, similar to the blood-sub rule currently in operation, which allows teams to replace a bleeding player without using one of their five allotted switches.
Macauley, an ambassador for Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, was addressing today’s Dail committee meeting on the issue of concussion treatment in sport.
The 2013 All Ireland final saw his Dublin team-mate Rory O’Carroll suffer a head injury after a heavy collision with a Mayo player but remain on the pitch.
Dublin had used their full complement of substitutes at the time so O’Caroll remained on the pitch, unwisely in Macauley’s opinion.
“Rory was in no state… he could have been on a beach in Spain and he wouldn’t have known the difference,” said the 2013 Footballer of the Year.
“But there were no substitutes left, so he was left to wander around the pitch. He was no use to anyone.
“This might be an issue for the GAA to look at, like a blood sub, maybe there should be a brain-injury sub.”