NCAA, Defense Department will create concussion database

The NCAA and Department of Defense are launching a $30 million effort to produce what the White House calls the most comprehensive concussion database ever.

The initiative was announced Wednesday in conjunction with President Barack Obama’s youth safety sports summit this week. In addition, the NFL has committed $25 million to support youth sports safety projects, including support for new programs to expand access to athletic trainers in schools.

As scientists search for new research about head injuries, the NCAA and Department of Defense’s database will attempt to comprehensively track the natural histories of concussions. The goal is to produce research on concussion risks, treatment and management by studying how concussions evolve over time.

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