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The NCAA’s concussion settlement

It’s hardly more than a good start, if that.  The NCAA puts up $70 million in a fund that can be accessed by players to screen as to whether any suffer head-injury problems, but no money is set aside for actual damages.  Instead, any player with issues will have to sue to collect compensation.

There are some agreed to mandates on current policy…

– Preseason baseline testing for every athlete for each season in which he or she competes

– Prohibition from return to play on the same day an athlete is diagnosed with a concussion. Generally accepted medical protocols recommend athletes not return to play the same day if they exhibit signs of a concussion or are diagnosed with one, but a 2010 survey of certified athletic trainers conducted by the NCAA found that nearly half reported that athletes had returned to play the same day.

– Requirement that medical personnel be present for all games and available for practices for all contact sports, defined in the settlement as football, lacrosse, wrestling, ice hockey, field hockey, soccer and basketball. Those personnel must be trained in the diagnosis, treatment and management of concussions.

– Implementation of concussion tracking in which schools will report concussions and their resolution

– Requirement that schools provide NCAA-approved training to athletes, coaches and athletic trainers before each season

– Education for faculty on the academic accommodations needed for students with concussions

… but also a question as to how far those mandates go.

Huma told ESPN the settlement also falls short of protecting current players because it does not mandate new return-to-play protocols. Instead, the NCAA and the plaintiffs agreed that remaining guidelines for schools and the implementation of those guidelines are subject to the NCAA’s rule-making process.

“And we know what the regular NCAA rule-making process is like. It could take years, or they could shoot it down,” Huma said. “The settlement represents yet another refusal of the NCAA to protect players from unnecessary brain trauma. Instead of agreeing to rules that protect players’ brains by reducing contact in practices and mandatory return-to-play protocols, such protections would remain optional.”

He has a point about the NCAA’s rule-making process.

And one other thing – that $70 million isn’t all for screening.

The NCAA, which in the settlement denied the plaintiffs’ allegations, agreed not to oppose attorneys’ fees up to $15 million. Those fees and expenses would come out of the $75 million assigned for medical monitoring and research.

So, progress of a sort, at best.  And the agreement still has to be approved by the court.  In other words, this one has a long way to go.

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“We’ve got to get lean so we can sustain for a long period of time.”

Georgia isn’t waiting to see if there’s going to be a change in the substitution rules.  Mark Richt is embracing the physical reality of defending the HUNH.

The rise in up-tempo offenses prompted a change in the Bulldogs’ summer conditioning plans that have been in place these recent weeks leading into August and the start of preseason practice.

“One of the big things for us is football is now becoming a very high up-tempo game,” UGA coach Mark Richt explained recently. “It used to be 30, 40 seconds between a play. Now it could be as short as 10-to-18 seconds between plays. So you’re exerting and then resting for a short period of time. So now, even in the weight room, we want to go hard, rest a short time, then go ahead. A quicker recovery time. We’re not going to run the longer distances anymore. We’re going to run the shorter distance.”

During previous summers, the Bulldogs have run 200 yards, 300 yards and other long distance drills. But they planned to do away with that this summer.

“We’re going to train these guys all summer long in exactly the way we think that you have to go,” Richt said. “We’re going to go hard and recover — quickly. So that’s a big change in how we’re going to train everybody.”

Will it work?  I have no clue.  Do I appreciate him being proactive on this front?  Hells, yeah.

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“The concussions I think is the thing that really drove this.”

By now, you’ve  probably seen something about the new NCAA guidelines on contact practices, the key thing about them being guidelines, i.e. suggestions, and not mandated rules.  Read this quote from Ron Courson and you’ll understand why that’s all they could do at this point.

“Common sense would seem to think you would have a decrease, but where do you draw the line?” Courson said. “That’s the debate in coaching circles. For example if you say, we’re only going to do contact once a week, that might translate better in the NFL than in college because in the NFL you have guys that are very experienced and know how to hit. In college, maybe you bring in an 18-year old freshman and they need to have good fundamental work. If you don’t get that in practice, are they more prone to get hurt in a game because they’re going out there and they don’t know how to practice?”

Where do you draw the line between player safety and game preparation?  I suspect Courson would draw it in a different place than, say, George O’Leary would.

The ADs are the ones stuck in the middle.  But I also suspect a couple of bad concussion verdicts and most of them will start siding with the Coursons of the CFB world.

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Sunday morning buffet

Eh, what the heck.

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Proof that West Virginia is in the wrong conference.

This is just awesome.

SEC!  SEC!  SEC!

I’d love to see a Venn diagram of Share of Adults Missing Teeth and Share of Adults Marrying Cousins.

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Tuesday morning buffet

Something for everybody.

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Thursday morning buffet

The shipment from Destin has arrived.  Dig in.

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Fusionetics

Remember this comment from the spring?

(Tray) Matthews missed Saturday’s G-Day game after aggravating a hamstring injury, according to head coach Mark Richt. Matthews also missed five games last season because of hamstring problems.

“He’s had some chronic hamstring issues, which we probably need to re-evaluate what we’re doing with him,” Richt said after Saturday’s spring game. “And how we train him. I mean if there’s something going on. And he’s probably gotta take some ownership of it too. If you’ve got a deficit in some areas you might need to spend a little more time with flexibility stuff in the offseason than another guy would have to.”

Tray, help Mark Richt help you.

Partly in response to the injury issues of a year ago, Georgia football this offseason has “just started a program called Fusionetics,” Richt said last week.

It’s a way to perhaps reduce the risk of injuries in the fall with the way a player conditions now.

“What the players will have is a way on their own to work on some of their deficiencies and get them in balance better,” Richt said. “Our strength staff and our training staff are both on the same page on the type of exercises these guys need to do to get them in better balance where they can have less chance of injury. So that’s going to be a big thing.”

Obviously, this is more than just about Matthews.  But it’s interesting to see Richt push some of the responsibility players’ way.

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Sunday morning buffet

You still get hungry on a long holiday weekend, so here you go.

  • I guess Georgia’s bad luck with offensive linemen follows some of them even after they leave.  Hope he recovers.
  • If I didn’t know any better, I’d suspect Kansas State was deliberately trying to provoke a challenge to the transfer rules by the way it’s handled Leticia Romero’s transfer request.  A union would be worse for her, though.
  • Can the early signing day for football proposal be saved?
  • Now the sharks are really beginning to circle around the antitrust litigation.
  • Fresno State’s Pat Hill knew what was coming a decade ago:  For Fresno State to make the cut, Hill said, the university would have to grow its fan base and invest in infrastructure (i.e. a 70,000-seat stadium) so the big boys could literally not afford to leave the Bulldogs behind.
  • At Georgia, athletics spokesman Claude Felton told the Times-Union the school is against selling alcohol at Jacksonville’s EverBank Field when the Bulldogs play Florida and “would not be in favor of alcohol sales in Sanford Stadium at this time.’’  So you’re saying there’s a chance?
  • This pretty much sums things up:  The NCAA is a product of its own membership. Then again, LSU doesn’t want non-football playing Marquette to have the same voting rights when it comes to deciding how it does business.
  • Thirty-six teams will be banned from the 2014-15 postseason because of sub-par scores on the newest Academic Progress Rate, which was released Wednesday. Not one of them comes from a power conference.”

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When you’ve lost East Texas, football…

When it comes to long-term consequences, this story should scare the people in charge of college football even more than the concussion suits do.

“From a safety aspect, you can’t teach a kid everything he needs to know in two weeks,” said Chase Palmer, a school board member who played football at Marshall, referring to how long coaches had to get their seventh-grade teams ready before their first games.

However subtle, the change in thinking reflected in Marshall’s decision about football may signal trouble for the N.F.L. — and the sport more broadly. ESPN reported in November that participation in Pop Warner football declined nearly 10 percent from 2010 to 2012. Every young athlete steered away from football contributes to a gradual erosion of the sport that is, by far, the most popular in the United States. This happened to boxing during the past several decades after it became associated with brain damage.

I’m sure the NCAA will get right on it.

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