NCAA releases concussion safety, football practice guidelines

Monday July 7th, 2014

The NCAA released a series of guidelines related to concussion safety for student-athletes on Monday. 

The guidelines describe best practices for diagnosing and treating concussions for college football players. They also spell out the number of live contact practices to be allowed in different parts of the year, such as a rule limiting the amount of live practices to two per week during the season, postseason and bowl season. 

Another states that a student-athlete who has been diagnosed with a concussion should not be allowed to return to the game or practice for the remainder of the day, and that the decision to return to play should be made under the supervision of a physician based on a gradual increase in physical activity. 

As pointed out by CBS Sports, the NCAA's concussion policy has been called into question in recent years after several concussion lawsuits, notably after Frostburg State football player Derek Sheely died after suffering a brain injury during preseason practice in 2011. 

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The NCAA, which worked on the guidelines with several medical organizations, says the guidelines were created "to generate a cultural shift within college athletics" that the organization hopes will "generate immediate, tangible changes." 

Molly Geary

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