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.