From the NBA’s media central website, here’s a closer look at what the NBA’s Return-to-Participation protocol consists of:
The return to participation protocol involves several steps of increasing exertion – from a stationary bike, to jogging, to agility work, to non-contact team drills.
With each step, a player must be symptom free to move to the next step. If a player is not symptom free after a step, he stops until he is symptom free and begins again at the previous step of the protocol (i.e., the last step he passed without any symptoms).
It’s important to note that there is no time frame to complete the protocol. Each injury and player is different and recovery time can vary in each case.