In the world of football, concussions are being taken more and more seriously. But probably not enough yet. We were able to see this this week, during the meeting between LOSC and Stade de Reims (1-2), with Samuel Umtiti, victim of a major head shock but authorized to resume the game... before feeling unwell. The testimony of Florent Duparchy, in L'Équipe, also allows us to realize how far we still have to go so that these lesions are better detected and therefore treated.
Aged 23, the goalkeeper decided to file a complaint against his club, Stade de Reims, for “endangering the lives of others” following two concussions that he considers poorly handled . The first dates from last year, more precisely from August 2022, in training. “I took a knee to the jaw and lost consciousness for several minutes. Until I woke up in the hospital, two days later, it was a black hole, he explains in the columns of L’Équipe. I had multiple fractures operated on. I also suffered a head injury, as indicated on the medical report, but no one cared or told me about possible symptoms to watch out for.” He is thus authorized to resume training without being sent to a neurologist. “After a few days of training, I realized that every evening, it was more and more difficult for me to watch TV, read or go on my phone,” she explains. he.
The second comes a few months later, in March 2023...still in training. This time, it’s a ball that hits his head violently. “I fell and when I got up, I was completely stunned, with vision problems and yellow lights in my eyes, nausea. I went to see the doc who told me: ''If it gets worse or if it becomes unbearable, you let me know'', remembers the Stade de Reims goalkeeper. But the “next day”, he played “a match with the reserves, against Lens”. A few days later, the club doctor finally sent him to see a neurologist. He then stops him for six weeks.
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The symptoms of these two concussions take time to fade. And its summer transfer window is disrupted. Eager to join En Avant Guingamp, in Ligue 2, to launch his career at the professional level, the goalkeeper trained at AJ Auxerre must resolve to stay in Champagne. “The two clubs, Reims and Guingamp, passed the buck on me but the LFP considers that I am under contract with Reims until 2024. I take care of getting treatment alone (…) Frankly, it’s hard . I gave everything for football. That everything stops because of a medical error, I can't sleep anymore,” he says in the sports daily. For the moment, Stade de Reims has not yet reacted to his testimony.