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by Paul on 12/20/11 at 08:45 PM ET
via Chris Mortensen of ESPN,
As a direct result of the Cleveland Browns’ failure to test quarterback Colt McCoy for a concussion on the sideline during a game, the NFL will alert all 32 teams that, effective this week, an independently certified athletics trainer will be assigned to monitor all suspected concussion-related injuries, a league official confirmed Tuesday.
The independent trainers will be paid by the NFL and approved by the NFL Players Association, according to league spokesman Greg Aiello.
The trainer’s sole purpose will be to oversee the treatment of any possible concussions and ensure that the medical staffs on each sideline are following proper league protocol and testing for any head trauma. During the game, the trainers will be situated in an upstairs booth with direct communication access to each team’s sideline.
In the NHL, it is up to the team trainer to decide if a player should go to the “quiet room” for additional testing. Would it help if someone independent was brought in to make that decision?
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