Heat's Justise Winslow enters NBA concussion protocol

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A "prohibition from participation" follows, with the NBA policy reading, "If a player is diagnosed with concussion, he will not return to participation: (1) on that same day or the next calendar day; and (2) before completing the required return-to-participation process."

The NBA defines that process as moving from a stationary bike, to jogging, to agility work, to non-contact team drills. With each step, a focused neurological examination is performed and a player must be symptom free to move to the next step. If a player is not symptom free after a step, he stops until he is symptom free and begins again at the previous step of the process. The NBA notes, "there is no time frame to complete the process."

Ultimately, a return is allowed only when the player in the protocol:

-- Is without concussion-related symptoms at rest.

-- Has been evaluated by a physician.

-- Has successfully completed the NBA return-to-participation exertion process.


-- A team physician has discussed the return-to-participation process and decision with the Director of the NBA Concussion Program.

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