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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.

From the Editor: SSI Communications

Welcome to Volume 3 of the NCAA Sport Science Institute Newsletter. As we begin the fall semester, I wanted to provide you with a few updates regarding communications from the Sport Science Institute via the SSI Newsletter, SSI Alerts and @NCAA_SSI on twitter.

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.

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...

Sport Science Institute Staff

Brian Hainline, M.D. Senior vice president; chief medical officer Brian Hainline, M.D., is the first chief medical officer of the NCAA and oversees the SSI. For more than 25 years, Brian has been actively involved in sports medicine. He co...

ADHD and the Student-Athlete

By Christopher J. Richmond, Ph.D., LP, LMFT Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurobiological disorders of childhood and often continues through adolescence and adulthood. In the past, some...


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