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Tuesday, February 8th, 2011 at 10:17 am  |  13 responses

Should the NBA Take Concussions More Seriously?

Concussions are a huge issue in the NFL, and rarely receive any attention in hoops. Luc Richard Mbah of the Milwaukee Bucks would like for this to change. From the AP: “Three years ago, when he was at UCLA, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute sustained a concussion that kept him off the basketball court for eight days, until he completed a series of neurocognitive tests. That’s why the Bucks forward was so surprised when all he needed to return this season following a mild concussion was simply his word to the training staff. ‘I didn’t have to do any tests because we were on the road and doctors were here,’ Mbah a Moute said. ‘They just asked me how I was feeling, and I told them I was feeling better. They were like, ‘You’re fine.’ Mbah a Moute said he knocked heads with a Dallas defender on Jan. 1 and returned three days later, despite some soreness on his left side of his head. The experience has made him think there should be a league-wide policy to handle every concussion. ‘There should be standards in the NBA. You need to do these tests and pass these tests before you can come back on the court. Bottom line. We definitely don’t get as bad concussions as football and other sports, but a concussion is a concussion,’ Mbah a Moute said. ‘It’s a serious injury and there should be tests.’”

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  • rog23

    yes

  • rog23

    i dont think its even possible to take a concussion “too seriously” its always better to be safe than sorry

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Helmets in the NBA! Get it done! There really isn’t much MORE you can do. Just be careful, and if it happens, be cautious.

  • Yep

    he’s not suggesting precautionary standards but recovery standards. nhl and nfl both have them. there’s a lot of contact in basketball (see: marquis daniels the other night) and what he’s pointing out is that there isn’t a requirement to undergo testing after a concussion. ie some players may just “decide” they’re better and the nba is ok with that.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Interesting, I bet if he was a big name player they would been more serious with him.

  • http://blogs.thescore.com/tbj/2011/01/21/video-rudy-fernandez-guests-on-the-benny-hill-show/ SMK73

    High schools do baseline neurological testing on players; I hope NBA teams would do the same, given the high investments they make in their players.

  • greg

    they will fix it when one of those guys known for attacking the basket goes down in a stretcher. thats the sad part. its gonna be blake or durant getting really messed up before they change anything

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    Concussion discussion.

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    What’s your function?

  • youngmuggsy

    Wait till the 90s crowd chimes in to let us know how Charles Oakley played with multiple concussions, ate glass as his pregame meal and fought Grizzly Bears in the offseason.

  • HAMMER

    Man! I don’t know why, but this article reminds of a time when charles oakley played with multiple concussions, ate glass as his pregame meal and fought grizzly bears in the offseason. Oh well…

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    Haha. HAMMER ftw.

  • Jaime

    Yes more tests, thats what we need – cause I feel better when im being tested.

    Of course the NBA guys are monitored closely – they get treated for a fart.

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