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March 30, 2011

MLB Revises Concussion Procedures

Filed under: Major League Baseball — eadeutsch @ 12:51 pm
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The 15-day disabled list has been a traditional part of baseball procedure, but with the onset of concussion concerns by organizations, players, and fans alike, Major League Baseball is instituting a new rule.

Beginning this season, players diagnosed with a concussion (or, most likely, with ‘concussion-like symptoms’) will be able to be assigned to the disabled list for only seven days.  This will give the team an incentive to place a player on the DL for less than two weeks, and give the player an opportunity to recover from a concussion without being pressured to remain on the active roster.

This is a pro-active step by the league of a sport where concussions, although rare, have become an admitted part of the game.  Players dive head-first into bases, outfielders collide under foul balls, and fielders crash into walls.  The threat is always looming, and it is nice to see a league mediate concerns to please parties on all sides.

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