According to a report, University of Michigan researchers have been awarded a $400,000 grant from the National Sports Concussion Outcomes Study to gather data relating to the study of concussions, as well as other types of head injuries, among college athletes. It has been reported that the study is scheduled to begin this summer and will monitor 1000+ female and male college level athletes who participate in eleven sports. It has been reported that the study will encompass athletics at U-M, University of California, Los Angeles and the University of North Carolina.
Reportedly, head injuries sustained from participation in sports are receiving national attention due to the number of lawsuits being filed against the NFL by former players. According to the lawsuits the players allege that the NFL failed to adequately inform about them of the long term effects concussions could cause. According to a news release, the NCAA feels that by backing this endeavor, the research gained will not only reveal information about the neurological effects of engaging in competitive sports, but may also identify areas where athletic safety could be improved, thereby, making the games safer for all those involved.
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