The title says most of it: The Big Ten and Ivy League announced a formal collaboration to study head injuries in all sports. Link found here.
In the long term, hopefully the partnership can reduce head injuries and long-term effects of concussions and other brain trauma. In the short term, it's a great piece of PR for Big Ten research and the CIC.
The new rules will be introduced as a growing amount of research suggests that limiting full-contact practices may be among the most practical ways of reducing brain trauma among football players. According to a study of three Division I college teams published last year in the Journal of Athletic Training, college players sustain more total hits to the head in practices than in games.
Really interesting stuff. Teams will only be able to hold one full-contact practice per week during the season. Hopefully it helps.
“I’m not sure there will be any dramatic changes, because the changes over the last few years for dealing with head hits have changed dramatically,” said Tim Murphy, the football coach at Harvard. “If we want young people to continue to fall in love with this great sport, we have to protect the athletes.”
Ed: Link (Sorry, I'm drunk)