Ivies Tackle Concussion Issue Again

**  Attempting to limit the number of concussions, the Ivy League is moving kickoffs to the
40-yard line this season.  It’s a one-year experiment, with the rule applying only in conference
games.  Data on concussions on kickoff returns will be evaluated after the season.

**  The idea is to reduce the number of kickoff returns (in favor of touchbacks) because they produce 23% of in-game concussions even though they constitute only 6% of overall plays.

**  A statement by Ivy League executive director Robin Harris read, in part, “This experimental rule change is another example of the Ivy League leading the nation in concussion prevention.”

**  In a previous nod to the prevention of concussions, the Ivy League in February decided to ban
tackling in football practice.  (See March 21, 2016 post “Tackling the Issue Head On.”)

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