Sport Science Institute

Division II National SAAC-Sponsored Cardiac Health Initiative

The NCAA Division II National Student Athlete Advisory Committee, in collaboration with the NCAA Sport Science Institute, is leading a Cardiac Health Initiative to raise awareness for the cardiac health of college athletes and to increase the number of NCAA community members who are CPR/AED certified.

Division II and Division III health and safety summits

On Oct. 21 - 22, the NCAA Sport Science Institute hosted an assembly of presidents, directors of athletics, team physicians, athletic trainers, coaches and student-athletes for the first health and safety summits targeted specifically for Divisions II and III.

Body composition: What are athletes made of?

Written by: Michelle Rockwell, MS, RD, CSSD, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Body composition is a physical measurement that provides more...

Insurance Coverage for Student-Athletes

The topic of benefits provided to student-athletes consumes sports media today. In these discussions, injuries and insurance are regularly brought up. Unfortunately, the insurance programs currently provided are often reported inaccurately, or not at all.

Supporting Student-Athletes with Type 1 Diabetes

Anyone working with collegiate athletes knows how much work it takes to be both a dedicated student and a competitive athlete. It’s challenging to balance practice and games with classes and exams, not to mention trying to have a social life and maybe sleep somewhere in between. Then add trying to balance your blood sugar for optimal performance and it can seem like an astronomical task.

The Female Athlete Body Project

Female Athletes are a special population of college women, and special attention is required to inform them of the proper nutritional needs of their athletic bodies.

The psychology of sports injuries

The magnitude of the injuries within NCAA athletics is significant. Injuries can hinder performance and negatively impact collegiate athletes’ mental health and well-being, including: threats to self-esteem, social isolation and motivational demands associated with rehabilitation.

Basketball strength and conditioning

Yearly programming and training for the long-term athletic development of basketball players requires careful planning and consideration. It’s safe to say that the common goals and desires of every coach is to reduce and prevent injury as much as possible within their control, improve performance on the court and build physically and mentally strong players that have great team chemistry, confidence, leadership skills and genuine care and love for each other.

Ask the expert: Anxiety and athletes – what can we do?

Anxiety disorders can affect a student athlete’s ability function effectively – academically, athletically or socially. Symptoms of anxiety disorders often worsen under stress.  A student-athlete may be experiencing stress because of the transition of being away from home and adjusting to a new living situation, or worrying about achieving academically, or meeting performance expectations in his or her sport.

Moving On: Staying Physically Active After College Sports

The NCAA promotes a holistic approach to developing student-athletes during their college careers and beyond. Although there is increased public dialogue around the long-term health of college student-athletes, many athletic departments have yet to develop specific programs to address this issue. The current season of NBC’s popular show, “The Biggest Loser,” profiles former athletes who struggle to maintain their health and fitness after retiring from competitive sport.

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