Will Anthony Davis be able to play in Game 6 after suffering a head injury? Here’s How the NBA’s Concussion Policy Works

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Lakers forward Anthony Davis suffered a head from an elbow during Game 5 against the Warriors on Wednesday night. He is listed as a probable for Game 6. (Godofredo A. Vasquez / The Associated Press)

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behavior of anthony davis It was a scary sight on Wednesday night after being elbowed on the head.

TNT's Chris Haynes reported later Golden State's 121-106 win over the Lakers It appears that Davis “has avoided a stroke.” Lakers coach Darwin Hamm said Thursday that Davis is not showing signs of injury and the Lakers listed Davis as a probable for Game 6 on Friday night.

This is great for the Lakers. A look at the NBA's concussion policy may shed some on what's going on behind the scenes. The policy states:

“If a player is suspected of having an injury, or exhibits signs or symptoms of trauma, he or she should be removed from participation by the team physician, or an athletic trainer for the player's team, and evaluated a calm, distraction-free manner.” -free environment conducive to conducting a neurological evaluation. Before a player is allowed to participate in a sport, the evaluating physician (or athletic trainer) is required to review video to assess mechanisms. is required.

Based on how Davis was acting after absorbing the blow, it is safe to assume that he was evaluated in the manner described above.

“If a player undergoes trauma evaluation and a concussion is not diagnosed, the team medical staff must continue to monitor the player, and the player must be treated by the team medical staff at least before the team's next game or practice.” shall undergo another concussion evaluation. Or approximately 24 hours after the initial concussion evaluation (whichever occurs first). If the player develops any signs or symptoms of a subsequent concussion, the player must be removed from participation immediately and must undergo an additional trauma evaluation.

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This may be where Davis is at the moment. Any sign of a possible injury could jeopardize his playing status for Friday.

“A player who undergoes a concussion evaluation whether or not a diagnosis of a concussion is made, the absence or presence of which in such player is reviewed within 24 hours of the injury by a physician with training and experience in A physician should ultimately confirm the presence or absence of trauma and be included in the management plan for the injury.”

If Davis is diagnosed with a concussion at any point, things get very complicated.

“If a player is diagnosed with an injury, he may not return to participation: (i) for at least 48 hours including the date of diagnosis; and (ii) until he has completed the required return-to-participation process.” does not complete

“A player who is diagnosed with a concussion should perform limited physical and cognitive exertion under the direction of his team's medical staff. After a short period of rest (24-48 hours) following the injury, the player may be encouraged , under the direction of a team physician, to gradually and progressively become more active, until the level of activity does not bring on or worsen the player's symptoms.”

That timeline appears to eliminate the possibility of allowing Davis to participate in Game 6 and potentially risk his status for a potential Game 7, as there are several phases of increased exertion a player must go through. Must be completed without any set timeline. in which they have to be.

After the player has successfully completed those steps, and if he is symptom-free and has been evaluated by a physician who is trained in concussion management, the team physician will consult with the Director of the NBA Concussion Program before making a final return. Will do -participation decision

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This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times,