Re: 1st Round- DeAndre Hopkins WR Texans
Hopkins was reported today as not having gotten out of "Phase I" of the Concussion Return to Play Protocol. Many of you may not be familiar with what these phases signify.
In brief, a player needs to complete five phases of exercise and recovery before taking the field. The phases consist of increasing levels of exertion:
I.Being symptom-free for 24 hours (essentially at total rest)
II.Performing light physical activity (e.g., walking) without re-developing symptoms for 24 hours
III.Performing sport-specific activities (e.g., running) without re-developing symptoms for 24 hours
IV.Participating in non-contact practice (e.g., sprinting, passing the ball, also weight lifting) without re-developing symptoms for 24 hours
V.Participating in full-contact practice without re-developing symptoms for 24 hours
If symptoms recur, the player must rest for 24 hours before resuming the process one step lower than when symptoms returned.
The report on Hopkins then fundamentally tells us that at rest, he is still exhibiting signs and/or symptoms of the concussion he sustained last Saturday.