NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement

Article 39
Players’ Rights To Medical Care and Treatment

Section 16
NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee’s Concussion Diagnosis and Management Protocol

The NFL’s Head, Neck and Spine Committee has developed a comprehensive set of protocols regarding the diagnosis and management of concussions in NFL players (the “Concussion Protocol”). The Concussion Protocol, as agreed upon by the Parties, is incorporated into this Agreement, as set forth in Appendix W. Fifty percent (50%) of the cost of administering the Concussion Protocol, including but not limited to payments associated with Unaffiliated Neurotrauma Consultants and Certified Athletic Trainer Spotters and periodic training and education sessions associated with the Concussion Protocol shall be treated as a Player Benefit Cost (the allocation of this budget is subject to agreement between the Parties).