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NBA taking serious look at new concussion policy

Chris Paul

New Orleans Hornets Chris Paul gives a thumbs-up as he is taken from the court on a stretcher after being injured in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland on Sunday, March 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)


Chris Paul left the court on a stretcher Sunday. He is still out due to a concussion.

Last month, it was the Heat’s Mike Miller missing games (even though they said it was not a concussion).

The NBA doesn’t have many formal policies regarding head injuries, something Milwaukee Bucks forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute said needed to change. NBA spokesman Tim Frank told the Associated Press that may soon happen.

“The NBA Team Physicians Society has been studying the issue of concussion management for several years and each team follows its own treatment and return-to-play protocols,” he said. “In addition, the league is working with a consulting neurologist concerning the possible adoption of a league-wide protocol.”

The NFL and NHL both have concussion policies, but those are full contact sports where the injury is more common.

The NB Players Association also is tracking head injuries, the union told the AP.

More and more research is leading to more and more information about concussions, the potential damage and treatments. While the NBA should not be going to helmets — concussions are not that common — having a baseline policy on how to deal with them when the do happen seems only logical.