Descriptive Epidemiology of Collegiate Men's Football Injuries: National Collegiate Athletic Association Injury Surveillance System, 1988-1989 Through 2003-2004.
Journal of Athletic Training 2007, April-June, 42, 2
Journal of Athletic Training
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The game of football has been played competitively at the collegiate level in the United States for more than 100 years. In fact, it was safety concerns about the early game of football, and its notorious "flying wedge" formation, that led to the establishment of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) during the first decade of the 20th century. At the urging of President Theodore Roosevelt, colleges banded together with the goal of reforming football to limit the injuries (and fatalities) in the young sport. The NCAA conducted its first football championship in 1978. In the 1988-1989 academic year, 524 schools were sponsoring varsity football teams, with approximately 47 942 participants. By 2003-2004, the number of varsity teams had increased 18% to 621, involving 59 980 participants. (1) Participation growth during this time was apparent in all 3 divisions but particularly in Divisions I and II. In addition to traditional practice sessions during the fall, the NCAA also sanctions a short spring practice season for Divisions I and II. Spring football is a maximum 15-day, formal, off-season team practice. No official competitive games are played in the spring season.
- 2,99 €
- Category: Sports & Outdoors
- Published: 01 April 2007
- Publisher: National Athletic Trainers' Association, Inc.
- Print Length: 44 Pages
- Language: English