Last week, the National Football League instituted new rules regarding when players can return to play after suffering a concussion during a game or practice. Under the new policy, the following symptoms would preclude a player from returning to a game or practice on the same day:
- Being unable to remember assignments or plays or other signs of confusion
- Gap in memory
- Abnormal neurological examination, including abnormal pupillary response, persistent dizziness or vertigo, and abnormal balance on sideline testing
- New and persistent headache, especially if accompanied by sensitivity to light, nausea, and vomiting
- Loss of consciousness
The above standards are substantially stricter than an earlier one that only prevented players from returning to a game if they suffered loss of consciousness.
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