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How does the NFL's concussion protocol work?

The NFL implemented the concussion protocol in 2009 and has adjusted it in the last seven years. Head injuries in the NFL are not new, but with more spotlight on their long-term effects to player health, the league has instituted protocol to address the diagnosis and management of concussions. In September, the NFL announced the initiative "Play Smart. Play Safe." to continue to strive for a healthier game: "Rightfully, much of the public discussion is about concussions — how they happen, how they can be prevented and treated and what is known about their long-term impact," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wrote in a letter addressed to fans.
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