The collaboration, bringing together two prestigious academic and athletic entities featuring 20 schools, allows for the coordination of efforts by each conference to research and address various aspects of head injuries in athletics, including concussions.
The academic and research capabilities of the institutions will help to promote a collaborative and collegial atmosphere to address a burgeoning issue affecting the welfare of athletes at all levels of sport.
“We are excited by the possibilities of this collaboration between Big Ten Conference and Ivy League institutions to continue our close examination of the effects of head injuries in athletics,” said Sally Mason, chairperson of the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors and president at the University of Iowa. “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.”
In May 2010, the Big Ten became the first collegiate conference to establish a conferencewide concussion management plan, while in 2011 the Ivy League developed and enacted a series of concussion-curbing measures in the sport of football after a year-long review. Since September 2011, the two conferences have examined the feasibility and benefits of collaboration, while outlining the framework and objectives associated with the initiative.
The Committee on Institutional Cooperation is a higher education consortium of top-tier research institutions including the Big Ten Conference members and the University of Chicago.
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