Player: NBA In Need of Protocol

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute of the Milwaukee Bucks suffered a concussion on New Years Day after bumping his head with a defender in a game against the Dallas Mavericks.  This was not his first concussive episode during his playing days; previously he had experienced this injury in college:

Three years ago, when he was at UCLA, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute sustained a concussion that kept him off the basketball court for eight days, until he completed a series of neurocognitive tests.

That’s why the Milwaukee Bucks forward was so surprised when all he needed to return this season in the NBA following a mild concussion was simply his word to the training staff.

“I didn’t have to do any tests because we were on the road and doctors were here,” Mbah a Moute said. “They just asked me how I was feeling, and I told them I was feeling better. They were like, ‘You’re fine.”’

Mbah a Moute is way ahead of the curve on this issue.  Perhaps its due to his unfortunate experiences, or it is the simple FACT that he understands the levity of the situation.  You will not see him knock the injury himself, rather he is more concerned about the treatment of the concussion.

“There should be standards in the NBA. You need to do these tests and pass these tests before you can come back on the court. Bottom line. We definitely don’t get as bad concussions as (American) football and other sports, but a concussion is a concussion,” Mbah a Moute said. “It’s a serious injury and there should be tests.”

He gets it! (highlighted for emphasis)  As a player in the world’s top basketball league Mbah a Moute is someone who not only the NBA should listen to, but the rest of the professional sports world as well.


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