I’m not sure whether or not I should trust the protocols for players and coaches involved in the NFL concussion protocol.
The NFL’s own concussion protocol includes the following: The players are supposed to remain in the game for at least 20 minutes following a concussion.
There is a six-week period after the injury to review all available medical records and conduct a post-concussion physical examination.
Once the six-month period has elapsed, the players are expected to return to the field.
In all cases, a physical is required to re-assess the player’s neurological condition.
Players are required to remain on the field for two consecutive games to allow a neurological evaluation.
During this period, the NFL Players Association has mandated that every player be monitored daily.
It’s hard to imagine how anyone could possibly be expected to remain at full strength for two weeks after an injury, given the severity of the injuries, the risk of brain damage, and the likelihood of permanent brain damage.
I’m not certain whether or how this protocol is enforced in the real world.
What I do know is that there are a number of things that would seem to make sense if they were implemented correctly.
A player can report a concussion with a concussion protocol that allows them to remain with the team for two full weeks after the incident, and is also required to have a medical evaluation within six months of the incident.
If a player is in the concussion protocol for more than two weeks, they can be required to return for a neurological exam within six weeks.
At the end of the two-week window, they are allowed to be cleared to play.
While this seems reasonable, it does not appear to be the case in practice.
Since the NFL is a union, it’s not the league that’s supposed to enforce the protocols.
Even the NFLPA’s protocol states that players who have been in the protocol for at most six months are not supposed to be allowed to play, according to an ESPN story from late August.
“There is no timeline for players to return from the protocol, and no timeframe for the player to be able to return,” the union’s protocol says.
So the protocol seems to be enforced inconsistently.
When asked for comment, the Washington Redskins said, “The NFLPA protocol is in place to provide the best possible care for players with concussion symptoms, and we do so as a family-first organization.”
The New York Giants, meanwhile, have said that players in the protocols should return to play within two weeks.
“We do not condone any player in the league who has been in a concussion,” the Giants said in a statement to ESPN.
“The protocol provides all players the necessary protection and supports all protocols.”
The Washington Redskins, meanwhile have stated that “we are reviewing all our policies and procedures, including the protocol of the NFL, to make sure they are consistent with our policies, as well as the rules of the game.”
And the league’s concussion protocols are supposed for use by every team, not just the ones that have been hit hard by concussions.
As I wrote at the time, I don´t think the protocols are working.
Here are five things that don’t make sense: 1.
The protocols don’t cover all concussions: The NFL is not the only league that uses a different protocol for players who are playing and have been concussed.
For example, the New York Jets, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Tennessee Titans all use different protocols.
The Minnesota Vikings have not released any guidelines on the protocols and, as a result, have not implemented the protocols in full.
The Miami Dolphins, on the other hand, have released guidelines that outline how the protocols will be enforced.
Furthermore, the protocols don´T cover all of the symptoms that players can develop after a concussion: A concussion protocol does not necessarily protect players from all of these symptoms, including those that are more severe than a concussion, such as headaches, fatigue, depression, and confusion.
The protocol doesn’t provide adequate medical evaluation: A concussion protocol will not provide enough time to evaluate the brain damage that occurred after a head-on collision.
A protocol can only provide that initial, short-term benefit of the protocol: the concussion-free player is able to resume playing and return to playing without further problems.
Because a protocol does NOT provide sufficient time to provide adequate evaluation, many players are not able to properly assess the severity and extent of the concussion, leading to further damage.
The concussion protocol doesn´t include a requirement for a post concussion physical examination: Players who have suffered a concussion are required by the protocol to undergo a neurological examination within six days after the initial concussion.
The NFLPA has said that it does NOT want a protocol that requires players to be examined every six weeks, or every two weeks once