Concussion

The NCAA Sport Science Institute empowers campus personnel with the most up-to-date information on concussion safety. While sport-related concussion is an inherent risk in all contact and collision sports, the SSI has taken a leadership role, in collaboration with multiple key stakeholders, in evaluating the impact of concussions and repetitive head impact, as well as developing groundbreaking research and best practices to mitigate the potential effects of head injuries in sport.

NCAA member schools are a critical component of these efforts. Our campuses recognize the responsibility they have to care for their student-athletes. In addition to playing rules aimed at providing a safer playing environment, member schools are required to have a concussion management plan in place. The SSI also provides resources to raise awareness of concussions among student-athletes and collaborates with more than a dozen medical associations, as well as administrators, athletic trainers and coaches, to provide detailed best practice recommendations through its NCAA Sports Medicine Handbook and through interassociation guidance and tools.  

Concussion Reporting Process Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: Are all member schools obligated to report concussion information? A1: Yes. Section IX.C. of the Arrington Settlement Agreement obligates the NCAA to “create a reporting process through which member institutions will report instances...

Concussion Reporting Process

The purpose of this memo is to provide membership with 1) additional information about the availability of an online platform and process that has been established to facilitate membership compliance with association-wide concussion...

Concussion Reporting Process Step-by-Step Instructions

The purpose of this document is to provide step-by-step instructions that can be used by member institutions to satisfy legislated annual concussion reporting requirements (Division I Constitution 4.3.4.21; Division II Constitution 3.3.4...

2020-21 Concussion Management Updates: Frequently Asked Questions

The purpose of this Frequently Asked Questions document is to facilitate and support the efforts of NCAA member institutions to comply with applicable divisional concussion safety legislation. In early 2015, the Concussion Safety Protocol...

Mind Matters Research Challenge findings

In January 2016, nine schools selected from a field of 22 finalists, each received $400,000 research grants to fund projects designed to improve the understanding of how to spur changes in the culture surrounding concussion in target...

Mind Matters Challenge Executive Statements

The NCAA-DoD Mind Matters Challenge, part of the NCAA and U.S. Department of Defense Grand Alliance partnership, is an education and research grand challenge aimed at changing important concussion safety behaviors. Overall Goal. Increase...

2018 NCAA Football Data Task Force

The NCAA Sport Science Institute hosted the 2018 Football Data Task Force in Indianapolis February 26 and 27, 2018. The purpose of the meeting was to: 1) review emerging information from the NCAA-DoD CARE Consortium, The Datalys Center and...

Participants of the 2018 NCAA Football Data Task Force

Organization and Member Representatives Ray Anderson, Arizona State University Stevie Baker-Watson, DePauw University Brad Bankston, Old Dominion Athletic Conference Todd Berry, American Football Coaches Association Bob Bowlsby, Big 12...

Concussion Safety Protocol Template

The following template* is designed as an aid for NCAA schools to consider using in order to satisfy Divisions I, II and III concussion safety protocol legislation. The template highlights all components of the updated NCAA Concussion...

CARE-Based Policy Changes And Resources

Data from the CARE Consortium will be used to shape rule changes designed to facilitate ongoing safety objectives in college sports.

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