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NFL and NFLPA announce they are going to make adjustments to concussion protocol after Tua Tagovailoa incident – CBS Sports activities


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The NFL and NFLPA launched a joint assertion on Saturday night time indicating that the league’s concussion protocol will probably be modified within the wake of the controversy surrounding the dealing with of Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s latest accidents. 

“The NFL and NFLPA agree that modifications to the Concussion Protocol are wanted to reinforce participant security,” the assertion learn. “The NFLPA’s Mackey-White Well being & Security Committee and the NFL’s Head Neck and Backbone Committee have already begun conversations round the usage of the time period ‘Gross Motor Instability’ and we anticipate adjustments being made within the coming days based mostly on what has been realized up to now within the overview course of.

“The NFL and NFLPA share a powerful appreciation for the unaffiliated neurotrauma consultants who contribute their time and experience to our recreation solely to advance participant security. This program has made our recreation safer for the athletes who play it for the previous twelve seasons.”

The assertion was launched simply hours after it was confirmed by CBS Sports activities NFL Insider Jonathan Jones that the NFLPA had exercised its proper to terminate the Unaffiliated Neurotrauma Guide who was concerned within the dealing with of Tagovailoa’s harm in the course of the Dolphins’ Week 3 recreation in opposition to the Buffalo Bills. Jones reported that the NFLPA made the choice after discovering “several mistakes” made by the physician in its view. 

The overview of the appliance of the protocol in Tagovailoa’s case, which is being performed collectively by the NFL and NFLPA, continues to be ongoing, and as such no specifics concerning what errors had been made have been launched. The joint assertion indicated that “any conclusions about medical errors or protocol violations” haven’t been made. 


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