Sport Science Institute

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...

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...

Hainline clarifies health and safety legislation for DIII Management Council

By Brian Burnsed NCAA.org At the Division III Management Council meeting Oct. 21-22 in Indianapolis, NCAA Chief Medical Officer Brian Hainline answered questions about the sport safety package and street drug penalty reduction that will be...

Helmets Off

By NCAA Sport Science Institute There has been a trend in professional and college football teams to utilize “Throwback” or “Third” uniforms. Uniform changes have, in some instances, involved a change in helmet. The NCAA Sport Science...

The NCAA Budget: Where the Money Goes

The NCAA funds many programs directly supporting the academic needs and wellbeing of student-athletes. NCAA Chief Financial Officer Kathleen McNeely describes the sources of the Association’s revenue and how it is distributed. How can the...

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