WIAA Rule Change Cut Football Concussion Rate In Half

A new study finds a WIAA rule change – limiting full-contract practice in football – decreased the concussion rate by 57-percent. Researchers at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health compared the rate of sport-related concussions after the 2014 rule to the previous two seasons. The rule prohibits full-contact activity during the first week of preseason practice and limits full contact to 75 minutes in week two, and 60 minutes per week in week three and beyond. UW scientist Tim McGuine said, “It’s imperative that we identify strategies that keep our student athletes safe while still maintaining the integrity of the game, and this particular measure appears to do both.” (report by Learfield wire services)