Kobe Bryant Concussion
February 29, 2012 by staff
Kobe Bryant Concussion, This much was known as the Los Angeles Lakers reassembled after the All-Star break: Kobe Bryant sustained a concussion and might not play Wednesday against Minnesota, Andrew Bynum’s knee wasn’t quite 100 percent and Pau Gasol was still a member of the team . . . for now.
Not exactly the scent of a championship season. First things first: A new NBA policy could prevent Bryant from playing Wednesday after a neurologist diagnosed him Tuesday with a concussion from a hard foul by Miami guard Dwyane Wade in Sunday’s All-Star game.
According to the concussion policy the league implemented this season, a player must be symptom-free for 24 hours and then complete a series of steps to confirm he is healthy enough for competition. Physical exertion increases at each stage, from a stationary bike, to jogging, to agility work, to noncontact drills. If Bryant didn’t experience symptoms after each stage, there would be consultation with the neurologist in charge of the NBA’s concussion program before he was cleared to play.
Bryant went to see neurologist Vern Williams on Tuesday afternoon after disclosing unspecified symptoms, according to a Lakers spokesman. Earlier in the day, an ear, nose and throat specialist confirmed Bryant had a broken nose.
That Bryant never stopped playing after sustaining such injuries in a game sponsored by the NBA could become a flash point of debate if Bryant couldn’t play Wednesday . . . or even if he could.
Concussion symptoms include lack of focus, fatigue and irritability but a full recovery is typical, said Dr. Ken Nazari, a neurologist at Centinela Hospital Medical Center in Inglewood. Nazari was speaking generally and did not know the details of Bryant’s symptoms.
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