NBA announces new concussion policy
December 12th, 2011
04:39 PM ET

NBA announces new concussion policy

The National Basketball Association  has a new program designed to protect players against the long-term impact of concussions.  On Monday, the league announced it has set up a concussion management program that will be run by Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, one of the world's leading experts on sports and head injuries.  Among the program's protocols:

- All players will get an annual baseline neurological exam and cognitive assessment.
- When an athlete gets a concussion during a game, they will have to undergo a customized series of tests before they can return to the court.
- All information related to a concussion, including the diagnosis, treatment and long-term impact will be kept on file.

The program went into effect on Friday, when players reported to training camp.

Programming note: Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta has been investigating concussions in sports. Be sure to watch Big Hits, Broken Dreams, debuting Sunday, January 29 at 8 p.m. ET.

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