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Haas in Washington for new concussion initiative

  • Mark Emmert, president of NCAA, and President Thomas J. Haas are pictured at the White House following an announcement by the NCAA and Department of Defense.
  • Victoria Bellucci, from Maryland, introduced President Obama. Bellucci suffered five concussions while playing high school soccer.

Posted on June 01, 2014

President Thomas J. Haas was in Washington, D.C., May 29 when the NCAA and Department of Defense announced a $30 million initiative to research concussions and head impact trauma.

Haas is chair of the NCAA Division II Presidents' Council. “One of our fundamental fiduciary responsibilities is the safety of our student athletes,” Haas said. “This effort goes to the core of that obligation.”

The Department of Defense and NCAA partnership brings joint resources to the research study that will inform educational outcomes for service members and student athletes.

Grand Valley, under the Vice Provost for Health, recently concluded the Veterans Traumatic Brain Injury project. That project, a partnership with Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, was funded by two Department of Defense grants.

More about the concussion research is online here.

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