In June 2019, physicians and trainers from the NFL and NCAA spent two days in Indianapolis sharing data about the prevention and treatment of football-related injuries. Representatives from NFL Player Health & Safety, the NCAA Sport Science Institute, ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC attended.
According to findings discussed at the presentation, players are beginning to ask more questions about equipment, such as helmets, which help to prevent concussions. Severe concussions may result in loss of consciousness or amnesia, and can lead to long-term effects such as trouble concentrating, fatigue, delayed reaction speeds, and sensitivity to light and noise. Appropriately, topics at the session addressed concussion prevention and treatment, and equipment innovation.
The NFL has made an estimated 50 rule changes to improve player safety in the past decade. College, high school and youth-league football leagues have not moved with the same sense of urgency as the NFL in changing player safety rules.
Jeff Miller, the NFL’s executive vice president for health and safety initiatives, hopes to improve collaboration with the NCAA in order to expand initiatives from 1,800 NFL players to a much larger number of NCAA players. “That’s going to allow [us] to reach conclusions a lot quicker and with more power because we’ll have more athletes,” he said.
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