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NFL and NFLPA agree to modify concussion protocols after Tua Tagovailoa sustains injury: deadline

NFL and NFLPA agree to modify concussion protocols after Tua Tagovailoa sustains injury: deadline

The National Football League (NFL) and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) issued a joint statement following the investigation into the application of the Concussion Protocol involving the Miami Dolphins quarterback , Tua Tagovailoa. Although the investigation in that case is ongoing, the NFL and NFLPA have acknowledged that “modifications to the Concussion Protocol are needed to improve player safety.”

“The NFLPA Mackey-White Health and Safety Committee and the NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee have already begun discussions on the use of the term ‘Gross Motor Instability,’ and we anticipate protocol changes to be made in the next few days based on what has happened learned so far in the review process,” the statement read.

Additionally, the NFL and NFLPA say they “have not reached any conclusions about medical errors or protocol violations.” This statement comes after the NFLPA fired the neurotrauma consultant who evaluated Tagovailoa following a head injury on September 25 during a game against the Buffalo Bills. The quarterback was seen struggling to walk after the hit and had to be helped off the field.

Tagovailoa was cleared to play in the Thursday Night Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals and a tackle by Josh Tupou sent the Dolphins star backwards to the turf. After the blow, Tagovailoa’s fingers curled, which was a sign of a concussion. He was then taken to the hospital for further evaluation. The quarterback would later be released with “no structural damage to the head or neck area,” according to ESPN sources. Tagovailoa flew home with his team soon after and was placed in concussion protocol.

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According to NPR, each game has three unaffiliated neurotrauma consultants who work with team physicians to diagnose concussions. After the incident, the consultant who had reviewed Tagovailoa during the game against the Bills was fired by the NFLPA for “not understanding his role as a UNC and hostility during the investigation process.” NFL.com informed.

“The NFL and NFLPA share a great appreciation for unaffiliated neurotrauma consultants who contribute their time and expertise to our game solely to improve player safety. This program has made our game safer for the athletes who play it for the past twelve seasons,” the NFL and NFLPA statement concluded.

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