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There's little scarier on a football pitch than a man being knocked unconscious, the threat of a player swallowing their tongue is all too real. Fortunately Martin Skrtel was saved that fate by a teammate.
Rugby union and American football have made incredible headway over the last few years with the problem of players being knocked unconscious, usually in clashes at tackles.
HIA's in rugby and similar protocol in the oval ball game across the Atlantic have had to be brought in due to the increased number of head injuries and the improvement in knowledge as how these things are negatively affecting players, often in future life.
Football is lucky that those things don't happen all too often but that makes the scene of a player getting knocked out all the more worrying, because of the shock factor and the game's lack of protocols.
Fortunately for Martin Skrtel his teammates were on hand and had clarity of thought to make sure he was okay when he was knocked out when the ball hit his temple during a match between Slovakia and Thailand at the weekend.
The centre back hit the ground in an unconscious state and with medical staff not yet on the pitch teammate Ondrej Duda made sure the 33 year old's airwaves were clear and he hadn't swallowed his tongue:
Relieved to hear Martin Skrtel is okay after getting knocked out and swallowing his tongue today pic.twitter.com/dzra8KCyqH- Ste Carson (@sjrcarson) March 25, 2018
Thanks a lot for all the fans who care about me! I m OK Dont worry!- Martin Skrtel (@Skrtl_Martin) March 25, 2018
Former Liverpool centre-back Martin Skrtel was knocked out during todays Slovakia Vs Thailand friendly, which led to him swallowing his tongue. A teammate managed to get to his tongue & he is now okay.- LFC Transfer Room (@LFCTransferRoom) March 25, 2018
Let's hope Martin has a speedy recovery back to full health. :flag_sk: https://t.co/a9dACY3rJT
Team-mate Ondrej Duda had to act quickly to help the Fenerbache defender.- Gidipoint.com (@officialgidip) March 26, 2018
There was a long break in play as Skrtel received treatment from the pitchside medical team at the Rajamangala Stadium in Thailand.
Skrtel was taken off the pitch before managing to return to the action pic.twitter.com/dEoHrKiXMD
It was indeed a proper basic life support to open Skrtel's mouth and pull his tongue so his airway could open. Kudos to the teammate who did it (gatau syp gakeliatan) :clap::raised_hands:- Wiam Rifati A (@wiamra) March 26, 2018
The former Liverpool defender, who now plys his trade in Turkey for Fenerbahce, was treated to for a few minutes and didn't get subbed until the 73rd minute of the game, 46 minutes after the incident.
Fortunately Skrtel did seem to be fine and he'll be happy that his team were able to go on to win the game 3-2.
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