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NFL to enhance concussion tests

Indianapolis - With increased awareness of the problems associated with concussions, the NFL plans to use a new sideline test to determine whether players suffer concussions during games.

The league said in a press release today that more details of the evaluation process will be announced on Friday here at the league's annual scouting combine.

The league said the new sideline test will include a checklist of symptoms, a limited neurological evaluation and a balance assessment. The process will use many recommendations that were suggested during a Concussion in Sport meeting in Zurich, Switzerland in 2008. NFL team physicians and athletic trainers contributing to the league's Head, Neck and Spine Committee also have input into the program.

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