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The NFL Institutes a New Concussion Policy
Monday, December 7th, 2009

Last week, the National Football League instituted new rules regarding when players can return to play after suffering a concussion during a game or practice. Under the new policy, the following symptoms would preclude a player from returning to a game or practice on the same day:

  • Being unable to remember assignments or plays or other signs of confusion
  • Gap in memory
  • Abnormal neurological examination, including abnormal pupillary response, persistent dizziness or vertigo, and abnormal balance on sideline testing
  • New and persistent headache, especially if accompanied by sensitivity to light, nausea, and vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness

The above standards are substantially stricter than an earlier one that only prevented players from returning to a game if they suffered loss of consciousness.

Read further details here on MedPageToday.

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