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KDKA-TV: NFL institutes new policy on concussions

Monday, December 7th, 2009

There is a new policy for this week's NFL games. A concussion can keep a player out of the game.

"These are high velocity in very large athletes. I don't think we should be discounting the types of injuries that can occur," says AGH neurologist Dr. A. Tayal.

Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to all teams saying a player with a concussion should not return to play on the same day if he can't remember plays or has persistent dizziness or headache.

Of course, a day is the minimum.

"We see people with post-concussive syndrome who are symptomatic for weeks at a time," says Dr. Tayal.

The amount of time to stay out depends on the assessment of trained professionals.

The American Academy of Neurology is encouraged that the NFL will be requiring an independent neurologist to evaluate players who have suffered a concussion.
 

To read more, visit the KDKA-TV web site.

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