Cam New­ton hit eval­u­ated, con­cus­sion pro­to­col al­tered

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

The NFL will re­quire the ath­letic trainer in the press box to stay in con­tact with on-field doc­tors to help de­ter­mine if a player has a con­cus­sion.

The re­quire­ment, an­nounced Wed­nes­day, is an en­hance­ment made to pre­vent con­fu­sion that oc­curred in the sea­son opener, when Carolina’s Cam New­ton was al­lowed to re­turn after get­ting hit in the head.

Un­der the league’s con­cus­sion pro­to­col, the NFL’s ath­letic trainer wasn’t al­lowed to call a “med­i­cal time­out” after being con­tacted by per­son­nel on the field.

In New­ton’s case, the team physi­cian and an un­af­fil­i­ated neu­ro­trauma con­sul­tant asked the trainer for video of the hit, but a tech­nol­ogy gl­itch de­layed the video.

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