The Ivy League once again takes proactive steps in regards to concussions. After reducing contact days in football last year, the league Presidents approved similar changes for lacrosse and soccer;
The league announced Monday that its presidents accepted a series of recommendations made by a committee, including the possibility of suspension for hits to the head. The changes, which also will limit the amount of contact in practice, will take effect this fall for men and women.
The recommendations call for continued emphasis on educational initiatives. Consistent with current protocols, preseason meetings will emphasize learning and recognizing the signs of concussions, as well as the importance of reporting symptoms of concussions.
The Ivy league will next turn its attention on hockey.
I truly appreciate what the Ivy League is doing; non-radial with little to no cost moves that will be reassessed as time goes on. I don’t know why it takes the smartest schools to make simple changes. Honestly do you think they were the first to figure out that decreasing exposure will decrease concussions?
Lester Munson of ESPN gives a insiders perspective of the law suits the former NFL players have filed;
The numbers are reaching the point where the litigation now qualifies as “mass tort,” a legal term that has been used to describe litigation on tobacco, asbestos and toxic medications.
The players are also demanding in a separate class action lawsuit that the NFL fund a program of medical monitoring for all former players (even those who did not play enough to qualify for retirement benefits), a program that would provide periodic examinations for early signs of concussion damage. The number of retired NFL players is uncertain, but players’ lawyers and their union estimate that there are at least 20,000 players who would be covered in the program. If the examinations include brain scans and clinical evaluations every two years as recommended by experts, anyone who has recently looked at a medical bill will know that the cost per player would quickly exceed $30,000. It would be a total cost to the NFL of $600 million for current retirees, with additional expenses as additional players retire.
The combined total loss of $2.1 billion for the NFL is a worst-case scenario. The lawyers representing the players will have to answer the league’s legal arguments and discover evidence to support their assertions that the league knew of the consequences of concussions, actively concealed them from players, and even misled players and the public with bogus medical opinions.
Picking through the data is important with current research on concussion rates. That is how Ryan Jaslow assessed the newest information about increases in the injury among Air Force, Navy and Army football teams;
Preliminary research presented today at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s annual meeting in Baltimore finds a significant increase in the number of concussions reported at three college football programs between seasons.
The study compared concussion rates among football players who played for the Army, Navy and Air Force teams during the 2009-2010 season with rates for the 2010-2011 seasons, and found the number of concussion jumped from 23 reports to 42 reports in that time span.[...]
The findings may not however indicate that more players are getting hurt, but may be a function of increased awareness and new concussion measures the NCAA put in place in April 2010.[...]
“The timing of the new NCAA regulations and the increase in reported concussions could certainly be attributed to under-reporting from players and coaches in the past,” study author Dr. Kelly Kilcoyne, a researcher at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, DC., said in a press release. “Such an increase is still notable, and we need continued studies in football and other sports to find out more.”
Chris Nowinski was interviewed and had some good thoughts about where we stand on concussions today. You can CLICK HERE for the link to the radio interview.