Study: Targeting Penalty Reduces Concussion Risk

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A multiyear study conducted by the Pac-12 Conference has determined that plays involving one player targeting another's head “are higher risk for concussion than other plays in American football.”

As reported by the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the study found that concussion risk was 39 times higher during targeting plays than during all other plays.

“The Pac-12 has been looking at this stuff for years,’’ said Utah athletic director Mark Harlan, who serves on the influential NCAA Football Oversight Committee and chairs the subcommittee on practice and playing. “You look at the overall data, and it appears to have altered the game in a positive way.”

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