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Big Ten Conference Overhauls Concussion Policy for Student-Athletes

By Bryan Toporek — December 22, 2014 1 min read
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The Big Ten Conference announced a major overhaul to its concussion policy earlier this month, moving from “best practices and minimum requirements for schools to regulatory standards by the conference.”

Under the new concussion standards, each school must have an independent, neutral athletic trainer on hand in the replay booth, who must have his/her own monitor and an ability to directly contact officials on the field.

“The enhanced concussion protocols will be incorporated by reference into the existing conferencewide concussion-management policy and will include reporting requirements, disciplinary action for noncompliance, and a higher level of accountability for conference-member institutions,” the conference said in a news release.

According to Bloomberg’s Kavitha A. Davidson, the Big Ten is the first “Power Five” conference to “standardize its treatment of head injuries.”

As’s Jon Solomon notes, the Big Ten was at the center of two major concussion-related situations in college football this year. A few weeks ago, Ohio State football player Kosta Karageorge was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, just days after he went missing. Karageorge reportedly sent a text message to his mother saying “these concussions have my head all f---ed up,” per

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.