The football culture has been changing over the years.
Thursday night, officials forced Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor to come out of the game.
He was evaluated for a concussion after taking an illegal helmet-to-helmet hit.
While he only missed two plays, experts say it is a good thing.
A new study shows there are multiple benefits with taking players who may have a concussion, out of the game.
"It's the injury you can't always see very well,” says Pediatrics and Board Certified Sports Medicine Dr. Sam Schimelpfenig with Avera.
But it's what 1 in 10 high school injuries are; concussions.
"Sometimes they'll do something goofy or they'll take a while to get up, they'll run the wrong way down the field or they'll act confused in some way and we can kind of pick that one out,” adds Dr. Schimelpfenig.
The pediatrician says that's not usually how concussions are diagnosed though.
"The first step is the athlete coming forward and saying that was a hard hit, I don't feel well, I have a headache, I feel dizzy, whatever it happens to be.”
And this step is the most crucial.
According to a recent study published in the journal of Pediatrics, if a player who gets hit hard tells someone about their symptoms right away and is taken out of the game, they'll recovery twice as fast as the player who stays in the game.
"Not only are you at risk for serious injuries that could have potentially occurred, but you're also going to increase your chances of that instead of the maybe 7 to 10 to 14 days that we would normally expect that it would,” says Dr. Schimelpfenig.
The South Dakota High School Activities Association says coaches, officials and medical trainers all have the authority to remove a player from the game if they see them acting different after a hard hit.
They’re not allowed to return until a medical professional clears them.
"Usually some tests looking at their balance, looking at their memory and their concentration,” says Dr. Schimelpfenig.
He says this is much easier than suffering from long-term concussion effects.
"Maybe they'll struggle in an area of school or life or memory that they didn't really have before that happened.”
Dr. Schimelpfenig says most of his patients who have concussion are football players.
However, he’s treated concussions for hockey, soccer and basketball as well.
Avera does offer impact tests if someone thinks they are suffering from a concussion.