Big Ten to Punish Noncompliance With Concussion Standards

December 9, 2014

The Big Ten Conference announced Monday that it would punish member universities that fail to comply with its toughened standards on monitoring and preventing athletes' concussions, CBS Sports reported. With its action, which was approved Sunday by the presidents of the league's university members, the conference has now done what the National Collegiate Athletic Association has been criticized for not doing: moving "from best practices and minimum requirements for schools to regulatory standards" imposed on colleges, as the Big Ten said in its statement about the policy change.

In July, the NCAA adopted new, more comprehensive guidelines protect players from concussions and other health threats related to athletic competition, but it stopped short of changing its rules such that institutions that failed to comply with the voluntary guidelines would face punishment.

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