He’s had a few concussions in the past- but rigid protocols have made Dunfermline keeper Ryan Scully feel a lot safer after a recent head knock.
The Pars keeper picked up a head injury against Stranraer last month. He missed a few games as the Fifers abided by the ‘If In Doubt, Sit Them Out’ protocols, which have been brought in to protect players who have suffered head injuries.
It ensures their wellbeing out on the park and provides guidance for those dealing with the injured player. Scully says his awareness of them has gone up after being put through the procedures himself.
“The protocols were fine, you’re looked after these days,” said Scully. “I have had a few concussions in the past and it was just a case of going straight back into training on the Monday.
“People never really knew the effects of it. Kevin Bain, the physio, looked after me brilliantly. I was coming in to do tests and there was a sheet with all the different side effects of concussions. Then you just have to rate it one to six and how you’re feeling.
“Once the numbers went down, you started doing exercise in the gym. It is a lot more monitored these days. I was looked after very well until it was a case of waiting until I was feeling alright.
“It is reassuring as a player. It’s something that I am conscious about because I have had a few concussions in the past.
“It is a short career, you must look after yourself. You don’t want damaged for life after football as well.”