Concussion protocol will make “gross motor instability” a “no go”

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Last Sunday’s controversy regarding the application of the concussion protocol to Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa raises questions both about potential changes to the protocol and whether the current protocol was properly applied in Tua’s case.

As to the potential changes to the concussion protocol, a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that, indeed, the “gross motor instability” loophole will be removed.

Currently, a player who demonstrates “gross motor instability” may return if the team physician, in consultation with the Unaffiliated Neurotrauma Consultant, concludes that the gross motor instability did not have a neurological cause. The new protocol will remove that exception. Any gross motor instability due to injury, head or otherwise, will keep a player from returning.

Any changes must be agreed to and approved by the NFL and NFL Players Association. From the NFLPA’s perspective, the goal is to make the protocol less of a checklist for letting a player return to play and more of a clear set of guidelines for protecting players. The union wants players to be treated like patients, and to always have their best interests as human beings supersede their obvious desire as football players to be cleared to get back on the field.

13 responses to “Concussion protocol will make “gross motor instability” a “no go”

  1. “So stay down and lay there to clear your cobwebs. DON’T GET UP !!! Then we’ll get you back out there”.

    This would help I suppose but there are ways to get around it; as usual.

  2. Seroius overreaction. A stinger can make you wobbly, so can an inner ear issue. Jumping up too fast can as well. Welcome to the powder puff league.

  3. Wait, 7 people gave me a thumbs down for saying the loophole needed to be closed? Head injuries are serious business. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy is very much a thing.

  4. So…it doesn’t have to be a head injury? If someone steps on your foot and you stumble, you can’t play anymore?

  5. touchback6 says:
    October 2, 2022 at 7:04 pm
    Article 46 only appears when Goodell is caught cheating


    And postseason wins only occur for BB when Tom Brady is his QB

  6. “Can we make Thursday night games a no go also Mr Amazon can take the hit”

    I’ll take Amazon and get rid of NFL Network games any time.

  7. All garble-guk…..if the guy is stumbling and falling down, automatic one months rest.

  8. I Blame all this on the NFLPA and the players themselves , I would bet at the beginning of the year over 90% of all players would sign a release to play if they got hit hard and got up slowly and wobbly?

  9. The NFLPA (an oxymoron in itself as Employees with 6 7 & 8 figure incomes do not a Labor Union like millions of exploited workers did 80-100 years ago) had a chance to put their foot down and refuse to sign the CBA if Thursday games were not removed. They follow the $ just as much as the Owners do.

  10. I wonder how many of those who took us to task for questioning “the experts on Sunday” are now apologizing to us for being spot on. Tua was punch drunk. You don’t get up, take a couple of steps and go down to your knees if you are okay. And so what if he technically passed the concussion test? What happened to professional integrity where a coach protects a player from himself? Miami should be firing that clown for letting Tua back in the game on Sunday and for playing him on Thursday.

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