Southeastern Conference Gets Proactive about Concussions

The Southeastern Conference has appointed Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones to head a working group that will review available research, evaluate diagnosis and guidelines, look at standards of practice and create recommendations for the conference to consider in the area of concussions.

University of Florida President Bernie Machen said concussions “have become increasingly matters of concern both within our league and indeed at the national level.”

He added that the formation of the group is “timely.

“It’s important and we are urging fast progress by this working group, It’s time for us to step up and see what we can do together to deal with issue.”

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive told the Associated Press that an SEC policy could result from the concussion group’s work, but he doesn’t expect anything to be in place before this season.

“What we see it leading to is we want to make sure we are doing everything we can possibly do to protect our student-athletes,” Slive told the wire service.

Machen dismissed any suggestion that the SEC is forming the group to mitigate any potential liability .

“We’re focused on our own league and the injuries that we see and the concern that our member institutions have over these concussion-related issues,” Machen told the media. ”This is about sharing information so that we can all do what’s best for his student-athletes.”

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