The governing body of Collegiate Sports the NCAA, has taken some major hits most recently. Today some positive news was reported by the Associated Press, a college football lawsuit (class action) has finally be settled. While the athletes won this law suit, the catch is no money will be paid out.
The NCAA will establish a 70 million fund to test both former and current athletes for head trauma and brain injuries. The lawsuit also spells out protocol and procedures for athletes examinations and ultimately their return to competition, making baseline neurological testing mandatory in the immediate future.
As the AP reported this settlement covers both male and female athletes participating in football, soccer, ice hockey, field hockey, wrestling, basketball and lacrosse.
NCAA was pushed into the right direction. While it is a drop in the bucket compared to the NFL settlement, protocol and procedures along with baseline testing is the key to helping athletes long-term. Next up equipment review and change.