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.  

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 includes all components of the NCAA Concussion Safety Protocol...

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.

CARE Consortium Findings

CARE Consortium researchers from around the country are publishing scientific papers from data gathered in the CARE Consortium in peer-reviewed medical journals.

NCAA-DOD Care Consortium

The NCAA-U.S. Department of Defense Concussion Assessment, Research and Education Consortium is the largest concussion study in history.

CARE Consortium Preliminary Findings

Researchers shared preliminary findings from the largest-ever study of concussion in sport last week at an event hosted by the Pac-12 Conference at the University of California, Los Angeles. The principal investigators overseeing the NCAA-...

Student-Athlete Concussion Injury Litigation

If you played a NCAA sport at a member school any time prior to July 15, 2016, you may be entitled to free medical screening and may receive free medical testing, known as “medical monitoring,” up to two times over the next 50 years. You...

Concussion Data and Research

Collecting and analyzing data, and then using those data to make informed decisions is central to what we do at the Sport Science Institute. That’s why the NCAA has been engaged in concussion research for more than 15 years and serves as a...

Mind Matters Challenge

A part of the NCAA and U.S. Department of Defense Grand Alliance, the Mind Matters Challenge is a $7 million education and research grand challenge aimed at changing important concussion safety behaviors. The challenge focuses on two...


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