The NCAA says it has no duty to protect college athletes. It allows sexual abuse and deadly negligence - THIS MUST CHANGE NOW!
The NCAA says it has no duty to protect college athletes, does not enforce health and safety standards (including concussion protocols), and will not punish a coach who knowingly requires players with concussions to return to the same game. The lack of accountability to implement best practices too often leads to negligent, hazardous workouts that seriously harms or kills players.
Left to Right: NCAA President Mark Emmert, Sexual Assault Victims, Fmr Michigan State Dr. Larry Nassar Convicted of Sexually Assaulting Numerous Gymnasts
In addition, the NCAA does not prohibit the physical or sexual abuse of college athletes. The NCAA ruled in 2018 Michigan State team doctor Larry Nassar’s sexual assaults against Michigan State gymnasts and the college’s failure to address the victims’ complaints did not violate NCAA rules.
The NCAA will punish a player for receiving a free lunch but will not investigate if that player dies in a hazardous workout or is sexually assaulted?
The Team Physician Consensus Statement (published jointly by 6 medical associations) states in part that those with professional/personal gain can compromise the well-being of college athletes. Surveys demonstrate that such negligence and mistreatment is rampant in NCAA sports.
The National Athletic Trainer’s Association’s survey revealed 50% of trainers pressured are by coaches to return players with concussions to the same game. In addition, an NCAA study found that 50% of athletic trainers admit to returning players with concussions to same game.
Bring forth laws to establish an independent government program to do what the NCAA refuses to do: protect college athletes.
The program should include the following provisions to ensure proper protection of college athletes: