By Zac Ellis
The Pac-12 is launching a venture to focus on the health and safety of its students athletes, the league announced Monday. The effort will include limiting contact in football practices.
The conference and its CEO Group made up of university presidents and chancellors agreed to the “Student-Athlete Health and Well-Being Initiative” after last weekend’s Pac-12 spring meetings. The initiative will kick off for the 2013-14 academic year.
“The health and well-being of our more than 7,000 student-athletes competing within the Pac-12 each year is of paramount importance,” said Pac-12 CEO Group Chair Ed Ray. “This new initiative is a great step towards taking advantage of the full resources of our research institutions for the benefit of our student-athletes.”
The Pac-12′s release notes that while it is “impossible to eliminate all injuries,” the league is committed to reducing injuries by employing new practices, studies and research. The initiative will include: