Pac-12, CU take lead on preventing athletes’ head injuries

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A wise man inscribed these three small but important words just outside the University of Colorado`s practice field: “It starts here.”

For athletes , those words mean preparation.

“I think it could impact on how the game is practiced.” For C.U.’s interim athletic director  Ceal Barry, the words mean safety. “The Pac-12 has taken the lead minimizing head injuries.”

Monday the Pac-12 announced a new initiative to reduce head injuries suffered by student athletes.

The guidelines will focus on three areas. Monitoring contact in practice, teaching correct tackling methods, and finally, studying head trauma.

Barry says she believes the initiative will make athletes safer.

“I think our football coaches in the conference want to be sensitive to the long term affects to multiple hits to the head.”

There are benefits for young players also.

Barry says the initiative may trickle down to the junior leagues where young athletes can suffer from the same injuries

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