Video: Terrance Ferguson goes unconscious after colliding with Steven Adams
A head injury is a serious issue among NBA players today. Because of the danger involved, the NBA has a protocol to evaluate head injuries and potential concussions. Basketball is not the most physical sports in the world, but players risk their bodies every time they step on the court.
On Thursday night, the Oklahoma City Thunder suffered a scary loss when Steven Adams and Terrance Ferguson collided heads. The collision was so dangerous that Furgusson fell out on the court and laid there unconscious.
This is definitely a bizarre and scary incident. It’s rare to see a player lie on the ground unconscious after a headbutt. It is likely that Ferguson will sit some games out in compliance with the NBA’s concussion protocol. The league has a strict policy about these type of incidents and maintains that a player can only return from a concussion if:
- He is without concussion-related symptoms at rest.
- He has been evaluated by a physician.
- He has successfully completed the NBA return-to-participation exertion protocol.
- A team physician has discussed the return-to-participation process and decision with the Director of the NBA concussion program, Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher.
It’s no surprise that the NBA is enforcing this rule, and with the incident involving Adams and Ferguson, it’s easy to realize that head injuries are very serious. Ferguson hasn’t been diagnosed yet with a concussion, but it stands to reason that he will likely have to go through the concussion protocol anyway.
Hopefully, he can recover and return to the Thunder soon.