League will introduce new concussion test

The league cracked down hard on violent hits this season, but now it's introducing new guidelines to determine if a player has suffered a concussion. It will unveil a new test this week at the Scouting Combine.

Regardless of how you might feel about the NFL's crackdown on violent hits by players, there should be little doubt that something needs to be done to protect them from concussions that can, and often do, have lingering effects over time.

This week at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, the league will announce new sideline tests to determine if players suffer concussions next season.

The league said in a release that it will reveal more details of its new guidelines on Friday at the Combine.

According to the Associated Press, the league said the in-game test will include a checklist of symptoms, a limited neurological evaluation and balance assessment. It will also employ many components of the evaluation process developed during a Concussion in Sport meeting at Zurich in 2008.

The test was developed by the NFL's head, neck and spine committee, which had input from team physicals and athletic trainers and their professional associations.

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