St Johnstone’s Murray Davidson has detailed what it was like to suffer a head injury in the game against Motherwell last month.
The veteran midfielder was stretchered off in the game, and has only just returned to action for the Saints, he came on as a late substitute in the recent 2-1 loss to Livingston.
Davidson has admitted that he can’t remember suffering the head injury, only going up for the header which caused him to be injured in the first place.
“I remember going up for the header, trying to jump early to get above him and that’s it. I can vaguely remember being on the pitch and thinking: ‘I’m goosed here’” he told reporters.
Davidson went on to detail the concussion protocols he had to go through to ensure that he could return to first-team training. He disclosed that it takes more than a week for a player to get the go ahead to return to full training.
“You have memory tests”
“You have memory tests – how you’re feeling and all that sort of stuff. Once two or three days have passed you can start doing things. One day you sit on the bike then go home. If you’re symptom-free then you come back in and build it up more. In all, it’s seven to 10 days of building it up before you go back into contact training” Davidson revealed.
The player has now recovered from the injury, and is set to feature for Callum Davidson’s side when they take on Dunfermline in the Betfred Cup quarter-final tonight. Davidson’s experience could be vital for the Perth side in what could be a tricky tie, his manager will be delighted to have the chance to return the 32-year-old to the starting line-up.