League will unveil new concussion assessment tool in Indy


In conjunction with the 2011 Scouting Combine, the NFL will introduce a new tool for in-game concussion assessment.

“The new tool, to be used on sidelines, combines a symptom checklist, a limited neurologic examination including a cognitive evaluation, and a balance assessment,” the league said in a release.  “It uses as a foundation many components of the sideline tool developed by the Concussion in Sport group that most recently met in Zurich in ’08.   It was developed by the NFL Head, Neck, and Spine Committee, with input from the NFL team physicians and athletic trainers and their professional societies.”

Information regarding the new procedures will be revealed publicly on Friday, February 25, in a press conference at Lucas Oil Stadium.

We applaud any improvements in diagnosing (and, ideally, preventing) concussions, but we continue to believe that the league needs to do more to spot players who possibly have suffered a brain injury, so that they can then be assessed for a possible concussion.

The haunting Week One images of Eagles linebacker Stewart Bradley stumbling off the field followed by his return to the game without full neurological assessment highlights a major flaw in the current protocol.  If the team’s doctors already are assessing one player (at the time of Bradley’s concussion, Kevin Kolb was being checked out), another player who has endured a concussion could slip through the cracks.

The NFL should assign to every game one or more safety officials who are charged with spotting any behaviors that would suggest a possible concussion.  Once a player is flagged as possibly being concussed, he would not be permitted to return to the game until it is confirmed that he did not suffer a concussion.

It may not be a perfect solution, but it would have protected Stewart Bradley against further injury in the first game of last season.

12 responses to “League will unveil new concussion assessment tool in Indy

  1. What they should do is determine how much of an impact is required in order for most people to receive a concussion, and then but some kind of sensors in the helmets to send an alert if a player receives that kind of hit.

  2. Why don’t we wait to hear the words of wisdom from that Preeminent Rhodes Scholar, and yes, he’s as smart as a brain sugeon, James Harrison? He’ll be chiming in no doubt about it.

  3. Maybe doctors and scientists can can develope a test for Dan Snyder to prevent the Eagles from taking advantage him him and crushing him in trade deals.

    Eagles: I will trade you Randall Cunningham and Ron Jaworski for your 1st and 3rd round pick in this years draft. But you better decide soon, four other teams have already offered their 1st and 2nd round picks. We like you though, so we will give you first dibs.

    Dan Snyder: Thanks guys! You bet !!! Done deal!

  4. My issue with this is what’s to stop a defensive player to purposely lead with his head in any big game knowing the chances of taking the qb (or anyone for that matter)out of the game for example. I could see this being a nightmare in any game, but would be terrible if it happened in the superbowl for example..james harrison has proved he doesn’t care about the fines so I could realistically see this happening on purpose.

  5. For that kind of money get your sorry azz in there…but on a real note a-rods second concussion this year would lead me to believe he may not have the longest career he just got tackled and boom concussion…i smell chris miller!

  6. The NFL won’t mandate helmet safety so they need a collection of clowns on the side to distract the public from it’s lack of any real concern for safety.

    It sounds like the NFL wants any excuse to pull a player from the field. The players will figure out some way to work around it. The players don’t want to come off the field if it can be helped. You come off the field and someone else gets your job. I absolutely hate Roger Goodell.

    Fire Goodell.

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