Sport Science Institute

Preventing Catastrophic Injury and Death in Collegiate Athletes

Enhancing a culture of safety in college sports is foundational to reducing the occurrence of catastrophic injury and death. The goal of the NCAA sport science institute (SSI) is protecting the life and the long-term well-being of all...

CARE Consortium: Return to play and risk of repeat concussion in football

Sport-related concussion has generated heightened interest among the public and researchers alike during the past two decades, but has clinical management of the injury changed accordingly? A new study suggests it has.

CARE Consortium: Baseline performance among U.S. service academy members

The NCAA-Department of Defense study evaluates college athletes and military cadets alike, and interrogating baseline concussion assessment data from both groups is essential.

CARE Consortium: Cerebral blood flow in acute concussion

While researchers have learned a great deal about concussion in recent decades, what occurs in the brain at the time of injury and through the course of recovery are not yet fully understood.

CARE Consortium: Influence of self-reported fatigue and gender on concussion baseline scores

A litany of factors — testing environment, testing group size and mental health history, plus others — can affect the results of baseline concussion tests. But what role does fatigue play, if any?

CARE Consortium: Estimated age at first exposure to football and neurocognitive performance

Previous studies have found that repetitive head impacts to athletes during adolescence can have potentially detrimental effects much later in life. But what short-term effects might that early-life exposure have?

CARE Consortium: King-Devick test time varies by testing modality

The test, a timed exam that requires participants to identify and name numbers rapidly in order to gauge eye movement and reaction time, has become an important tool for clinicians evaluating concussions.

CARE Consortium: Comparison of head impact exposure between concussed football athletes and matched controls

While the understanding of sport-related concussion and its short- and long-term consequences has continued apace, what role might exposure to repetitive head impacts play in brain health and vulnerability to injury?

CARE Consortium: How mental health and concussion history influence baseline performance

No two student-athletes are the same, but what factors influence the baseline results that clinicians use to help diagnose concussions and evaluate recovery after injury?

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