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On December 2, 2009, the National Football League announced new rules for players who sustain a head injury.
The new guidelines state that players who sustain a concussion should not return to a game or practice on the same day if he shows symptoms of a head injury. These symptoms include memory loss, confusion, dizziness and headaches. Players should have normal neurological and neuropsychological examinations and be cleared to return to action by both team physicians and an independent neurological consultant. The old guidelines stated that players should not return to a game only if they lost consciousness.
The new guidelines will not eliminate head injuries in football, but they are steps in the right direction to protect the health and safety of players.
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