Ivy League Issues Concussion Recommendations
With growing concerns about concussions in lacrosse and the potentially harmful short- and long-term effects they can have on college players, the Ivy League positioned itself as a leader on the issue Monday by approving a series of recommendations for lacrosse and soccer.
For men's lacrosse:
• Coaches will designate 11 combined days in the fall and
spring seasons in which body checking will not be permitted in
For women's lacrosse:
These recommendations stem from the work of sport-specific committees that reviewed national data and research, as well as three years of Ivy League concussion data. They will go into effect for the 2012-13 academic year. Among consultants was US Lacrosse CEO Steve Stenersen, who traveled to Yale in late January to provide the national governing body's perspective and research.
The Ivy League will continue to collect pertinent data and video for future research and recommendations and will explore the viability of video as a tool for post-game review and suspension policies, similar to football.
"These concussion reviews, particularly as they relate to the safety of our student-athletes, reflect the Ivy League’s interest in taking a leadership role in appropriate aspects of athletics generally and regarding concussions specifically. Expanding our review to include more sports is another way to drive the discussion and help student-athletes across our broad-based athletics programs," Ivy League Executive Director Robin Harris said in a statement.
"When looking at sports such as lacrosse and soccer it became obvious that the need for quality data had to be our focus for the future,” said Cornell President David J. Skorton, who co-chaired the Multi-Sport Concussion Review Committee with former Dartmouth President Jim Yong Kim. “We need to determine under exactly what circumstances these concussions are occurring on the field. In the interim, taking steps to minimize exposures while also increasing education became paramount."