With a new professional football season on the horizon, there will be a lot of changes to the rules in an effort to reduce head trauma. The most significant change is the new use of “helmet rule,” which will be effect. The rule states that it is a foul if a player lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent. This rule pertains to all players on the field and to all areas of the field.
Among other changes:
- An impact seizure will be treated as a loss of consciousness and force removal of a player from the game.
- A player who stumbles or falls to the ground trying to stand, unrelated to an orthopedic injury, will be sent directly to the locker room for examination. If a player passes the exam, he could be allowed to return to the game.
- Injured players are to be taken directly to a medical team member for a concussion assessment.
- All players who undergo any concussion evaluation in games will have a follow-up evaluation conducted the next day by a member of the medical staff.