The Division I Board of Directors on Wednesday unanimously adopted new rules for all Division I schools that will require increased support for college athletes. …
All Division I members who do not do so already will be required to:
- Provide medical coverage for athletically related injuries for at least two years after graduation.
- Cover out-of-pocket medical expenses (copayments, deductibles, etc.) during a student-athlete’s playing career.
- Attest that they provide mental health services and support consistent with the NCAA’s mental health best practices.
- Attest that they follow concussion management protocols in line with the NCAA Concussion Safety Protocol Checklist.
- Offer degree completion funds for up to 10 years after a college athlete’s eligibility concludes, if that college athlete was previously on full scholarship or received financial aid in a head count sport.
- Provide the same scholarship protections already required of autonomy conferences.
- Attest that they provide academic support services in line with NCAA rules.
- Attest that they provide career counseling for current and former college athletes and life skills development across a range of topics, including at minimum:
- Mental health.
- Strength and conditioning.
- Name, image and likeness opportunities.
- Financial literacy.
- Career preparation.
- Transfer requirements.
- Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
- Sexual violence prevention. …
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