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In a sport of hard hits, the NFL has taken more than its share this season. Off the field issues have drawn more attention than the play on the field – particularly the debate over kneeling and the national anthem—and football’s ever-present nemesis, concussions, remains one of the NFL’s biggest problems.
Publicly condemned and legally liable for ignoring the long-term effects of brain injury, the NFL seems to have learned from its mistakes and has swiftly tried to respond, primarily http://seahawksofficialnflauthentics.com/tharold-simon-jersey_c-437.html through the implementation of a concussion protocol. The protocol, developed in 2009 and amended periodically over the past eight seasons, dictates the procedure for both the diagnosis and management of concussions.
Now, the first, and perhaps most important rule of the concussion protocol stipulates that a Jack Butler Womens Jersey player must be removed from the game immediately when a concussion is suspected. After examination by an independent neurological consultant – in the locker room or one of those fancy new pop-up tents on NFL sidelines – evidence of observable concussion symptoms should trigger removal for the duration of the game.
Once a player “enters” the protocol with a diagnosed concussion, other rules dictate how a player can return to play or “exit” the program.However, several on-field mishandlings of head injuries have Colin Wilson Jersey again put the NFL on the defensive. Most notably, the Houston Texans allowing quarterback Tom Savage to re-enter the game after suffering what seemed to be a concussion-related seizure on the field.
Played out in front of horrified television viewers, the concussion detection system is designed to red flag such events, chiefly through the use of medical spotters in the booth to monitor video for possible concussion provoking hits. Events like helmet-to-helmet contact; players unable to walk or stand http://www.officialauthenticgiantstore.com/Nike-Andrew-Adams-Jersey.html after hits; loss of consciousness; those are the incidents that observers are trained to watch for and if needed, alert sideline officials.
Though Savage was eventually pulled after one series, an obvious sign of concussion was initially missed, highlighting the limitations of the NFL’s concussion protocol. Rightfully so, the criticism came quickly. As a result, what will happen, is a series of changes to the protocol.
One of those changes will be the presence of an independent neurological expert at the league command center for every game. This official will have the ability to contact the sideline medical staff should they observe any signs or symptoms requiring further evaluation. An extra neurotrauma consultant, in addition to the two independent neurological experts already on very sideline, will serve as additional backup.
What won’t happen, in a joint NFL-NFLPA ruling released Friday, is any disciplinary action against the Texans for the Savage incident.So will this fix the NFL concussion protocol? While these changes will address the detection of high-risk events, part of the problem, and one less easily addressed, has to do with the nature of how concussions can present. NFL Jerseys Nike Wholesale NBA Jerseys Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Authentic