This week the Ivy League and the Big Ten announced that they will be collaborating on a concussion study involving athletes from both conferences. The athletes, a combined 17, 500 of them, will have to volunteer to be evaluated by neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, and others.
The idea is to have athletes volunteer when they first arrive on campus. At that point, the doctors will have a baseline. The athletes will then be followed over the course of their four year careers. This will allow the doctors to better track the effects of concussions on those who suffer them during their college careers. The volunteers will also be tracked upon completion of their college careers.
To read more about this study, check out the following link: http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/8071316/big-ten-conference-ivy-league-launch-joint-study-concussions