The NFL and NFLPA Agreed to Update Concussion Protocols

The NFL and the NFL Players Association have agreed to update the leagues concussion protocol.

Following the new protocols, players will not be able to return to the game if they are experiencing a lack of coordination caused by poor muscle control. It was stated that even if a player did not suffer a head injury, yet they are experiencing ‘Ataxia’, they can still be pulled from the game.

The decision was made based on a review of the response to Miami Dolphins quarter-back, Tua Tagovailoa, after he suffered a head injury and was approved to continue playing in the game. He was later hospitalized for a concussion. It was discovered that though officials followed the protocols written, the result of the incident determined that the protocols needed to be reviewed and updated.