A CONCUSSION protocol has already been discussed in the PBA, though still no concrete framework.
PBA technical and operations head Eric Castro shared that the pro league has already thought of the matter as early as 2016, and talks were revived after the Chris Tiu-Malcolm White incident in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup.
"Napag-usapan na namin yan and that issue was raised again this season with what happened to Chris Tiu," the amiable executive told Spin.ph.
White hit Tiu hard in the head when GlobalPort faced Rain or Shine in the second conference. That sequence caused the usually collected Elasto Painters' guard to spit blood on the floor before losing his cool on the import.
Talks of a league-mandated concussion protocol has surfaced following the news of a blood clot found in UST big man Steve Akomo's brain.
The Cameroonian center suffered the head injury after a collision with Adamson counterpart Papi Sarr that left him on the floor for an extended amount of time in their respective team's clash on September 22.
Akomo is currently recovering at the UST Hospital.
Since then, collegiate leagues have taken preliminary steps in making those plans come to fruition.
And the PBA is no different.
Castro shared that they do take a hard stance when it comes to these injuries.
White has been slapped with a P20,000 fine for his actions, while Tiu was asked for a medical certificate before getting cleared for action in Rain or Shine's next game.
"What we do in the PBA is we, at least, require a medical certificate from the team physician deeming the player fit to play before we allow him to see action for them," he said.
However, the PBA has yet to determine when a concussion protocol can be established.
"Mahirap naman na maglagay tayo (ng protocol) pero hindi naman pala kaya. Mas delikado yun," said Castro.
"We have to be realistic about it. Unlike the NBA na stringent talaga sila when it comes to those concussion protocols, we don't have that much knowledge on those issues. As much as we'd like to institute those, we have to see if it's really feasible in the first place."