N.F.L. Changes Concussion Protocol – The New York Times

Several changes to the N.F.L.’s concussion safety protocol, including requiring the presence of an unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant at the league command center for all games, were revealed by league officials on Sunday.

The changes, backed by the N.F.L. and its players union, were agreed upon Dec. 11 by the league’s head, neck and spine committee. They went into effect the following weekend.

“We are constantly looking at the protocol and how it’s applied and trying to get better. The process happens throughout the season,” said Allen Sills, the N.F.L.’s chief medical officer.

A controversial Dec. 10 injury involving Houston quarterback Tom Savage and a misstep in the concussion protocol for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in Week 10 — which resulted in a $100,000 fine for the franchise — were among the controversies that motivated the late-season changes.

The consultant at the command center will monitor games by broadcast coverage and assist in implementing protocol, including contacting team medical staffs on the sidelines to ensure they are aware of situations as they develop.

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