The NHL’s science and medicine committee has approved a new rule that will ensure players with a recessively diagnosed condition can return to play.
The rule will apply to the 2017-18 season.
The NHLPA has opposed the rule, saying it will negatively affect players and fans.
The NHLPA says it supports the change to the NHL’s concussion policy and has been waiting for the committee to finalize the rule.
The union says it is not opposed to the rule at this point, but that it wants more information before making any decisions.
The policy, called the “CBA Concussion Protocol,” will take effect July 1.
The league says it will update the policy in 2018.
Players with a diagnosed concussion will need to meet all of the following criteria:Have an active NHL concussion protocol during the 2017 NHL season.
Be cleared by a doctor or neurologist to return to the game.
Have played at least three NHL games in a calendar year.
Have received at least six NHL concussions during the previous six seasons.
Have been cleared by another medical professional or team doctor.
The protocol was designed to address a variety of different symptoms including depression, fatigue, muscle pain, headache and memory loss.