Sport Science Institute

Understanding Student-Athlete Burnout

There is a school of thought in American sport today that “more is better.”  Parents and coaches, perhaps dreaming of the spoils of athletic success, are encouraging kids at increasingly younger ages to specialize in a particular sport and to commit to year-round training in it.  Cutting-edge physical training programs frequently require overloading athletes to obtain maximum training gains.  The pressures to do and achieve more keep growing, and far too rarely is consideration given to the costs of operating in this non-stop fashion.

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.

Marijuana and the intercollegiate student-athlete: Implications for prevention

By: Jason Kilmer, Ph.D., University of Washington; Karalyn Holten, University of Washington

Approximately one-third of college students report past-year use of marijuana (Johnston, et al., 2014). With legalization of marijuana already underway in Washington and Colorado, and with other states including measures on their ballots to decriminalize or outright legalize marijuana use or possession, the importance of examining the implications for college campuses and for our student-athletes is clear.

Regardless of what states do, remember that the Drug Free...

Ebola Statement

The purpose of this column is to provide NCAA member schools and athletic departments with basic guidance about objective, expert informational resources on Ebola. The NCAA recommends that member institutions rely on and monitor...

The student-athlete training table

Historically, the training table referred to the one meal per day for scholarship student-athletes outside of their institutional meal plan and on days when campus dining facilities are under normal operation. With the recent Division I deregulation of meals legislation that went into effect on August 1, 2014 there is a little more freedom in feeding student-athletes.

Best practices to address student-athlete alcohol abuse
Best practices to address student-athlete alcohol abuse

Drinking by college students has long been viewed by many as a harmless and expected part of the transition from high school to college. The truth is that drinking is not harmless and is among the most serious public health problems of American college students.

Skin - the athlete’s largest organ

Most sports involve some sort of protective gear to guard against injury. However, an often-overlooked part of the body that withstands daily damage if not properly protected is the body’s largest organ – the skin.

Weight loss in wrestling: current state of the science

The development of a safe, standardized approach to determining an athlete’s most appropriate weight class in collegiate wrestling was critically important. In the 16 years since the NCAA rules were put into effect, no collegiate wrestler has died as a result of unsafe weight cutting practices.

NCAA Legislation

Like all decisions that affect NCAA member schools and their student-athletes, committees form and pass legislative decisions that impact health and safety issues. New health and wellness initiatives can originate within any committee,...

Sport Science Institute Policy

Collegiate athletics are a competitive environment with many benefits for the student-athletes and the campus as a whole. The health and well-being of our student-athletes is our highest priority, and it is the responsibility of each...


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