Andrea Kremer is reporting the NFL will have “unaffiliated neurological consultants” on the sidelines during games next season, evaluating players for concussions. The move had been pushed for by the NFLPA.
There’s no panacea for concussions – Football leads to collisions which are not good for the brain – though this should be a step forward. The culture change has yet to catch on, with players and coaches. The Shanahan/RG3 controversy showed how ineffective self-regulation and team-employed doctors can be. We’ll see how much authority these consultants receive. Will they be able to overrule coaches and pull players from games?
Expect the NCAA to plead poverty, to come up with more stringent marijuana regulations and to allow incidents like this to keep happening.
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