Power Five conferences give medical officials final say on concussed players

Final say on concussed and other injured players will no longer come from coaches and other non-medical officials.

The NCAA Power Five conferences have announced that licensed medical officials will now have final authority regarding all injured players. This new ruling adds on to current concussion and injury protocols that are in place in the NCAA. The new rule was proposed by the Big 12 conference, and passed with a 79-1 vote.

This rule ultimately removes power from the head coach to insert a player back into the lineup.

“I believe it’s the most important legislation in the history of the NCAA,” said Brian Hainline, the NCAA’s chief medical officer and a neurologist, via NBC Sports. “It really defines who the primary athletics health-care providers are.”

This rule also takes the hiring/firing power away from head coaches regarding the medical staff. It allows objective review to limit the risk of further injury to young athletes.

A number of schools already had this rule in place, but now it has become uniform for everyone. It’s a step in the right direction to protect the future of young people just starting to come into their own.

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