Big Ten proposes injury-report policy

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith told CBS Sports the Big Ten's proposal is simlar to the NFL's injury-report policy.Photo Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports (file photo)

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Big Ten athletic directors submitted a proposal to the NFL Football Oversight Committee last month seeking to implement a standard injury report system, Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports reported.

The system would be similar to the one used by the NFL.

Apparently the desire to have a standard injury reporting system is a result of the Supreme Court’s recent decision to allow for the legalization of sports gambling on a state-by-state basis.

In response, the Big Ten is trying to be more transparent regarding the issue of injuries.

“We don’t know if we want to report as many days as the NFL,” Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said in Dodd’s report. “But clearly on Mondays if somebody is injured from Saturday and you know they’re not going to play the following Saturday because they broke their leg, why not just say that?”

Having a standard injury report requirement would affect the practice of many coaches who conceal injuries.

The NFL requires its teams to release three practice participation reports during game weeks, and they must release a game status report on Friday for Sunday games.

Sources told CBS Sports that the oversight committee was receptive to the idea of injury reports, but decided to delay further discussion of the matter.

It is unclear whether the NCAA would get enough support from coaches to implement an injury-reporting policy. Another issue is whether such a policy would impact a student’s privacy. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act protects medical information regarding players from being shared publicly.

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