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Chris Nowinski, a co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University, recenty told the Associated Press that the fact that Golden State Warriors Stephan Curry and Klay Thompson did not mmediately get up after being hit in the head during recent games was probably a sign that they were concussed.
Furthermore, both Nowinski and Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, head of the NBA’s concussion program, both noted that symptoms can surface well after fact, meaning both players should have probably been held out of the game after the initial injury.
“Doctors at the professional level aren’t considering on-court symptoms as part of the concussion tests,” Nowinski told the wire service. “If a player passes the test despite the fact we know it’s far from perfect, doctors rarely feel confident enough to hold a player out. The GMs and coaches just listen to the doctor and don’t make a decision.”
Kutcher said it could take hours for symptoms arise.
“That’s just the nature of the injury,” he said. “One of the fallacies that we deal with is the idea that every concussion can be diagnosed if only they would have looked hard enough. That is an absolute fallacy.”
The NBA season is lurking around the corner. And so, too, are more concussion stories. Whether it is greater awareness of head injuries or a byproduct of bigger and stronger athletes, it doesn’t matter. They are happening.
Chicago Bulls Guard Kirk Hinrich was the latest to fall victim to a severe head injury, which came in the fourth quarter of Friday evening’s win over Indiana at the United Center.
A days later, Chicago coaches announced Hinrich would be out of the lineup for “probably a couple days,” while going through a series of tests, as required by the NBA.
Earlier last week, the Portland Trail Blazers announced that Nicolas Batum had been announced with a concussion after a collision with teammate Will Barton.
New Orleans Hornets coach Monty Williams ripped the NBA’s concussion policy after center Anthony Davis, the league’s No. 1 draft pick, missed a game for evaluation purposes after taking an elbow to the head from teammate Austin Rivers.
‘‘Now, they treat everybody like they have white gloves and pink drawers and it’s getting old,” Williams told the media. “It’s just the way the league is now.’’
Williams continued: ‘‘It’s a man’s game. They’re treating these guys like they’re 5 years old. He desperately wanted to come (to Chicago), but he couldn’t make it.’’
The coach then backtracked slightly, showing his ignorance as to whether concussions affect everyone the same.
‘‘I’m not saying I don’t like it. We’ve got to protect the players, but I think the players should have more say-so in how they feel. I’m sure I had four or five concussions when I played, and it didn’t bother me.”