Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 at 9:30 am  |  11 responses

NBA Institutes a New Concussion Policy

Given all of the troubling concerns regarding concussions in pro sports these days, the NBA figured it’d be a good idea to have their own policy to confront the matter. From the AP: “The NBA has put in place a concussion policy that will determine when players return from head injuries. The protocols went into effect with the start of training camps ‘for the safety and protection of our players,’ the league said Monday. If a player is diagnosed with a concussion, he will have to complete a series of steps to confirm that he’s healthy enough for competition. Once he is free of symptoms, the player must make it through increasing stages of exertion – from a stationary bike, to jogging, to agility work, to non-contact team drills – while ensuring the symptoms don’t return after each one. Then the neurologist hired to lead the NBA’s concussion program needs to be consulted before the player is cleared. The process will likely take at least several days, if not weeks. The NBA joins the NFL, NHL and Major League Baseball in instituting a concussion protocol.”

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  • Bt

    So this season a minor concussion could result in the Player missing at least 5 games, seems a bit steep

  • http://slamonline.com quest

    C words are very serious its good to see them stop ignoring them

  • Lew alcindor

    they should have a new knee rehabilitation policy.

  • bike

    The big ‘fro should come back in style a la Dr. J. That would prevent a lot of head injuries…for those of course, that can grow ‘em. Those that can’t, get supplied with a big afro wig.

  • onions baby onions

    haha solid blue mountain state reference quest

  • http://slamonline.com YKnoT

    I guess Lebron’s getting a fro wig then.

  • call me li

    Finally. It falls in line with the nationwide concussion policy they just implemented for high school. Glad the NBA is at long last setting that standard.
    On the real concussions are no joke. See: Sidney Crosby. dude should retire

  • LA Huey

    Yeah, brain injuries are serious.
    I’d think about pulling my kid for the season if she got a concussion.

  • bike

    Always wondered why you never see any players wearing some type of head protection. Mouthguards are pretty common and goggles are not that unusual…obviously football-style helmets are out of the question but boxer-style head protection wouldn’t be too restrictive.
    Considering how high many nba players jump, their size, and some hard fouls, it is suprising that there aren’t more serious head injuries in the NBA.

  • http://www.t-mac.com/tmac/index unf*ckwitable

    They probably dont wear head protection cause there isnt many serious head injuries during games. Fair enough you wear some elbow and knee protection cause they would be getting banged up daily. If we started seeing a rising number of dudes banging up their dome then you would see some headgear round the L, but when it aint happening very much why would you bother.

  • MarkyB

    Headgear would create crazy blind spots. And if they wore hard helmets, Metta World Artest would use one as a weapon sooner or later. Better yet, Delonte West would smuggle a snub-nose in one.