The English Premier League saw a devistating injury occur during the Hull and Chelsea match on Sunday. During the match, Hull City midfielder Ryan Mason and hit his head against the head of Chelsea’s Gary Cahill in the Hull’s box. The collision took place in the 14th minute of the game, and Mason suffered a fractured skull as a result.
The 25-year-old was taken off the pitch and transported to the hospital. Later on Sunday the club confirmed that Mason did fracture his skull and that he was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital. There he underwent surgery and is now in stable condition. The team expects him to remain in the hospital for at least the next few days. The team expects to give an update on Mason Monday.
Hull boss, Marco Silva said, according to ESPN, he hoped that the injury was not too serious. Right after the Tigers loss at Stamford Bridge, 2-0, he said that he did not know anything other than he was at the hospital and he was hoping he was ok. He said the team doctor was there at the hospital with Ryan Mason, but had not reported anything back at that time.
When the collision occurred, both medical teams stormed onto the pitch as the referee stopped the play. Cahill popped right back up to his feet and continued to play, scoring Chelsea’s second goal. By that time, Mason was in the hospital being treated. This was following the medical teams treating him for about six minutes on the pitch before removing him on a stretcher. Fans could see that the 25-year-old was being given oxygen, and knew it was a bad injury. He was replaced in the line up by David Meyler.
Following the game, Antonio Conte, Chelsea’s head coach said that his team wished Mason the best. He said it was a hard collision and even Cahill was not right for the rest of the first half, but wanted to stay in the match. Conte said that they all hope to see Mason on the pitch again very soon.
The accident that ended with Ryan Mason fracturing his skull is likely to bring back to the top of peoples concern, the safety of soccer. Head injuries tend to do this in many sports. In Major League Baseball, concern over head injuries led to base coaches being required to wear helmets, and on many levels of soccer, there will be players wearing a sport specific type of head protection and/or mouth guards. The problem is, the two involved in the accident at Stamford Bridge on Sunday were professional athletes playing in the top soccer league. Going all out, protective gear or not, someone was likely going to get injured. Not that either player was trying to hurt the other, but that they were playing with no regard to their immediate safety, but to score or stop a score from happening. Nothing else, to them, at that moment mattered.
So, what do you think? Could head gear have prevented Hull’s Ryan Mason from receiving a fractured skull? Are you concerned about you or one of your children being involved in a collision similar to Mason and Cahill? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Commentary by Cletus Dillwood