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Nine Schools Added to NCAA-DOD Concussion Study

By Brian Burnsed, of the NCAA

 

Nine schools have been added to the largest-ever study of concussion in sport.

 

The NCAA-Department of Defense Concussion Assessment, Research and Education Consortium study enters its third year this summer and now includes 30 institutions across the country. The nine new schools will begin baseline screening for all their student-athletes this summer.

 

More than 170 schools have inquired about taking part in the study.

 

All student-athletes at each of the participating institutions receive a comprehensive preseason evaluation for concussion and will be monitored in the event of an injury. Data collected at each school are evaluated by a team of researchers led by Steven Broglio, director of the University of Michigan’s NeuroTrauma Research Laboratory; Michael McCrea, director of brain injury research at the Medical College of Wisconsin; and Tom McAllister, chair of the Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry.

 

The researchers have collected more than 25 million data points from 16,000 student-athletes at the 21 institutions already participating. After adding nine new testing sites, researchers estimate that more than 25,000 student-athletes will take part over the course of the three-year study.

 

“The important expansion of the CARE Consortium to include a diversity of Division I, Division II, Division III and historically black college and university participants further solidifies this study as a groundbreaking initiative,” said Brian Hainline, NCAA chief medical officer. “It is a remarkable collaborative and inclusive effort.”

 

The NCAA and DOD have dedicated $30 million to the concussion study and an initiative to spur culture change regarding concussion. Participating schools receive a portion of that funding to cover the cost of carrying out the research.

 

New participants in the CARE Consortium study

 

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania – Division II

University of Chicago – Division III

University of Miami (Florida) – Division I

University of North Georgia – Division II

University of Pennsylvania – Division I

Temple University – Division I

Wake Forest University – Division I

Wilmington College (Ohio) – Division III

Winston-Salem State University – Division II

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Targeting Rule on Football Rules Committee’s Agenda; Medical Spotters Experimental Rule also to be Discussed

Greg Johnson, NCAA.org

Health and safety in football will lead the agenda when the NCAA Football Rules Committee meets this week.

The committee will discuss possible modifications to the instant replay/targeting rule and will review the experimental rule that allowed medical spotters in the press box during the 2015 season – to consider approving it permanently – during its meeting Feb. 9-11 in Orlando, Florida.

In 2014, the targeting rule was altered to allow the instant-replay official to confirm or overturn a targeting call made by an on-field official. If the replay official found that the targeting penalty should not have been called, the call was overturned, the 15-yard penalty removed and the player allowed to stay in the game.

Committee members plan to talk about whether instant-replay officials should have even more flexibility when it comes to judging whether a targeting foul occurred. Additionally, the committee will consider allowing the instant-replay official to stop the game and enforce a targeting foul that was not detected by the on-field officials.

Last season, conferences were allowed to have a medical observer in the press box monitor the game and alert team personnel when a player might have an injury that is not noticed by the on-field officials or team medical personnel. In the Big Ten and Southeastern conferences’ experiment, the medical observer sat in close proximity  to the instant-replay official and  was authorized to contact the referee  to stop the game so a player could be checked for a possible injury. Other conferences also experimented with using a medical observer and team medical personnel on the sideline in this role.

Other items on the Football Rules Committee agenda will include:

  • Reviewing rules regarding ineligible receivers downfield, focusing on the balance between offense and defense. Part of this effort will be to find ways to help officials call this rule more consistently. Currently, linemen are allowed to be 3 yards past the line of scrimmage.
  • Discussing whether a player who is running the football  and gives  himself up (e.g., slide) should be granted defenseless player protections.
  • Discussing whether computers/tablets may  be used on the sidelines for coaching purposes. Currently, electronic equipment is banned from the sidelines with the exception of devices that are allowed for health and safety purposes.

 

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February Conussion Litigation Reporter Features Ten Important Stories

What follows is the Table of Contents for the February Concussion Litigation Reporter:

February 2016, Vol. 4, No. 8

Timely reporting on developments and legal strategies at the intersection of sports and concussions—articles that benefit practicing attorneys who may be pursuing a claim or defending a client.

Articles

  • Hockey Fighter Derek Boogaard Runs Aground on §301 of the LMRA in Concussion-Related Claim
  • Study, Boycott Brings Focus Back to the Risk of Concussion Associated with Synthetic Fields
  • The NFL Concussion Settlement and the Ethics of Informed Choice
  • New Mexico Lawmakers Scurry to Close ‘Loophole’ that Allowed Parents to Circumvent Concussion Protocol
  • Ontario Introduces Legislation to Establish Concussions Advisory Committee
  • Concussions in Water Polo Continues to be a Significant issue
  • Injured Fan Claims NASCAR Does Not Adequately Protect Spectators, Sues for Damages Relating to Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Retired Players Urge Court to Continue Discovery in NHL Concussion Suit
  • NCAA’s Hainline Talks Concussions and Unresolved Questions
  • Reaction to NCAA’s Concussion Measure

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