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Concussions: New rules for treating NHL players @NHLdotcom

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - The NHL is adopting a more rigorous protocol for examining players with possible concussions.

Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the new steps Monday following the first session of this week's NHL general managers' meetings. GMs are looking at ways to combat a rise in head injuries.

Under the new protocol, any player showing concussion symptoms must be examined by a doctor in the locker room. Until now, an examination on the bench by a trainer was the minimum requirement.

Bettman said the league also will study using smaller equipment and making the playing area safer. He said other rule changes might emerge from the meetings, which conclude Wednesday.

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