NCAA provides $400,000 to study head injuries

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The NCAA will provide $400,000 to help fund a study into the effects of head injuries in sports.

The National Sport Concussion Outcomes Study Consortium plans to study more than 1,000 male and female college athletes who compete in 11 sports at three schools. Researchers hope to track those athletes after their college careers end and examine the long-term effects of head injuries in hopes of gaining a more comprehensive understanding about brain injuries.

Concussions have become a major concern in many professional sports in recent years, and the NCAA has issued schools a list of best practices to deal with head injuries.

Some schools have used mouth guards and helmet technology to measure the impact of a hit, too.