Should the NBA Take Concussions More Seriously?

by February 08, 2011

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.'”