Big Ten and Ivy League Will Study Concussions Together

June 19, 2012

Two prominent athletic conferences, the Big Ten Conference and the Ivy League, announced on Tuesday a new collaboration to study the effects of concussions and other head injuries on athletes, a growing concern in recent years.

The two conferences, which represent 20 institutions, hope to tap into their combined resource of 17,500 athletes to collect data on the rate of head injuries. Researchers may conduct long-term studies on the effects of concussions as the students move on from college.

Recently the Big Ten and the Ivy League have introduced new safeguards for athletes that suffer concussions and wish to return to play. While the conferences have both begun to study the effects of concussions, Tuesday's announcement marks the first time they will research the topic together.

"We are excited by the possibilities of this collaboration," Sally Mason, president of the University of Iowa and chair of the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors, said in a written statement. "It will provide an incredible boost to our ongoing efforts while reinforcing the priorities of institutional research and reciprocity between some of the nation's top academic organizations."