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NFL to utilize iPads for administering concussion tests next season

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Seattle Seahawks’ Kam Chancellor (31) hits San Francisco 49ers’ Vernon Davis on a reception attempt in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)


The NFL has taken many steps over the past few years to help better handle concussions sustained during games.

From making blows to the head and to defenseless players illegal or requiring a player thought to have been concussed pass a series of tests before being able to return to the field, the league has made protecting concussed players a priority. The league is going to further those efforts next season.

The NFL has already agreed to allow independent neurological consultants on the sidelines for games next year. Now the league is trying to ease the ability of doctors to diagnose concussions as well.

According to Judy Battista of the New York Times, the NFL will mandate the use of iPads to held administer concussion tests on the sidelines during games beginning next season. A few teams tested the iPad application last season that helps medical personnel to diagnose whether a player has sustained a concussion.

The iPad app will allow players to answer the post-concussion questions on the sidelines and help diagnose whether they have actually sustained a concussion. It could also speed up the process and allow a non-concussed player to return to the game more quickly.