Knight Commission Addresses Concussion Issue at College Sports Summit

The Knight Commission, a group devoted to the reform of collegiate athletics, reacted “to a presentation from NCAA Chief Medical Officer Brian Hainline” at a meeting earlier this month by “reasserting its long-held principle that the health and safety of college athletes must be primary concerns of universities.”

Further, The Commission called on Division I leaders “to ensure adequate resources are devoted to this area and for universities to fully participate in the NCAA’s medical data collection for athletes.”

Hainline, who was the featured speaker, updated members on the recently announced agreement between the NCAA and the U.S. Department of Defense to launch a $30 million initiative designed to provide the most comprehensive national data on the effects of concussion. Hainline also outlined new health and safety guidelines and future initiatives “to address cardiac and mental health, athlete drug and alcohol use, and the detrimental health impacts of early specialization in a particular sport.”

“Dr. Hainline’s presentation was eye-opening,” said Commission Co-Chairman William E. “Brit” Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland, “particularly given the breadth of health and safety concerns beyond just concussion.”

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