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Big Ten, Ivy League co-sponsor concussion research

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Not two weeks ago, the SEC announced it was creating a working group to study concussions in all sports. Today, the Big Ten, in partnership with the Ivy League, announced it will be doing the same.

Officially, the two leagues are beginning a “co-sponsored, cross-institutional research collaboration to study the effects of head injuries in sports.”

“We are excited by the possibilities of this collaboration between Big Ten Conference and Ivy League institutions to continue our close examination of the effects of head injuries in athletics,” said University of Iowa president and Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors chair Dr. Sally Mason. “It will provide an incredible boost to our ongoing efforts while reinforcing the priorities of institutional research and reciprocity between some of the nation’s top academic organizations.”

“This is an exciting initiative and we expect the results of our efforts to advance our collective understanding of the effects of concussions and head injuries, and to extend beyond our two conferences,” said Dartmouth president. Jim Yong Kim. “Combining our common interest and work to-date in researching and addressing concussion in sports will enhance the welfare and well-being of student-athletes across the various fields of competition.”

For more on the announcement, click here. 

Concern over concussions has grown in recent years, so it’s good to see the issue is being covered by a variety of groups.

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6 Responses to “Big Ten, Ivy League co-sponsor concussion research”
  1. dhlions says: Jun 19, 2012 9:50 PM

    SEC results of their study will read like the script to Idiocracy. Big10/Ivy results from their study will change the face/game of football.

  2. alligatorsnapper says: Jun 19, 2012 9:52 PM

    Great commendations to the SEC, Big 1o, Ivy League, and any other conferences researching this most important issue.

    Every conference should be conducting a study on head trauma and concussions. Most importantly, the NFL should be conducting a study and provide support for those players who have suffered head trauma and the resulting depression and mental and emotional distress and bring them help before they go into depression and hurt themselves or others.

    This is long overdue. Maybe experts can intervene and provide help for those players and other athletes before they suffer lifelong problems or their lives are cut short.

  3. Tim Donaghy Institute of Refereeing says: Jun 19, 2012 11:32 PM

    The SEC study conclusion will be to allow an extra 10 players over the scholarship limit.

  4. dcroz says: Jun 20, 2012 6:19 AM

    I was going to say something to the effect that the Big Ten’s announcement reads more like they’re doing this just so they can claim it as proof of their–*ahem*–”high academic standards,” but then I see two people have already done me one better by proving it with their snarky remarks.

    But I sure that when it’s done, the Big Ten’s report will be a thorough, insightful look into the subject–that will recommend we return to the use of leather helmets and that maintaining the primacy of the Rose Bowl is of paramount importance.

  5. macbull says: Jun 20, 2012 8:27 AM

    It is time for all of college sports, regardless of conference, to unite behind a college level research/testing concerning the concussion issue.

    Don’t look to the NFL to lead the way toward a solution on the concussion issue because they are dealing with legal liability issues that date back to the 1920s. The NFL’s agenda and priorities concerning concussions are not the same as those facing the college level athletics.

    The solution to the problem will include equipment that better protects the student/athlete. Any college sport that requires head gear can be made safer with improvements to the design and better application of the materials used.

    College administrators and athletic directors need to stop following the NFL hoping they will provide a solution to the problem of concussions in football. Just as the NFL has been named in concussion lawsuits, so to has the NFL’s helmet manufacturer.

    For nearly two decades, the NFL has been linked to the same helmet manufacturer which also supplies helmets to a high percentage of the football programs at the college level.

    If the goal is to produce equipment that better protects the student/athlete, the solution will not be found by those whose thinking and designs have not changed in decades.

    The solution to the concussion problems plaguing sports today will come from those willing to think outside the box and come up with different ideas.

    Maybe the solution already exists and is just waiting to be tried…who knows?

  6. polegojim says: Jun 20, 2012 9:26 AM

    Well done by all conferences involved.

    I don’t look at it as ‘competition’, but a more diverse investigation. There are no losers in the process.

    IME – in situations like these, it’s better to have a few independent teams working, rather than one. A multi-directional approach and discovery is imperative.

    It’s my hope that info will be shared between them so the most advantageous determinations will be reached and implemented.

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