Sport Science Institute

NCAA Catastrophic Sport Injury Reporting

NCAA Association-wide legislation requires member schools to report annually on all student-athlete fatalities and catastrophic injuries, regardless of whether such fatality/injury is sport-related. Although fatalities and catastrophic...

Air Quality

In September 2018, the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports updated its 2016 guidance related to student-athlete practice and competition activities in poor air quality conditions: This guidance is...

NCAA Board of Governors Policy on Campus Sexual Violence FAQ

When does the policy take effect? The policy is effective immediately. The first deadline for attesting that the requirements have been met was May 15, 2018. Annual deadlines on May 15 will follow after the first year. What is the deadline...

Substance Abuse Prevention Tool Kit

Developed in collaboration with athletics stakeholders and campus substance abuse prevention experts, the Substance Abuse Prevention Tool Kit provides recommended approaches and evidence-based resources for athletics administrators to...

Athletics Health Care Administrator Resource Center

The athletics health care administrator is a designated position, mandated by NCAA Independent Medical Care legislation (Division I Constitution 3.2.4.16, Division II 3.3.4.17, Division III 3.2.4.18). The legislation requires each NCAA...

The revolution redefining ‘mental toughness’ and saving athletes

By Brandon Sneed

A college guy I’ve never met messaged me the other day from seven states away and said he’d had a breakdown. He’s a football player, and he left his locker room crying. “I lost my ability as a functioning student-athlete,” he wrote. He’d gone through a lot — family problems, losing his starting spot, “wanting to vanish from society” — and more. He said he was “going through a mental head game.”

 “I have been so scared to reach out and get help,” he wrote. “I felt like I was the only one.”

But...

2017 NCAA CHOICES grant program selects winners

Here are the 2017 winning institutions and their project abstracts that they will use as a guide when developing their projects. Babson College (Division III; New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference) The mission of Babson College...

On Field Evaluation of the Injured Athlete

Sports-related injuries are the fourth leading cause of spinal cord injury, accounting for 7.93 percent of all injuries per the National Spinal Cord Injury Center. SCI can occur during any sport, but football has the highest rate of SCI, followed by ice hockey, lacrosse and rugby. Prevalence of SCI has decreased with education on injury prevention. 

Prevention

Advising athletes on proper playing technique, educating medical staff about...

Inclement/Hazardous Weather

The NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports released the following statement in June 2016 on inclement/hazardous weather for athletics departments. Inclement weather poses unique challenges to athletics...

Supporting Student-Athlete Mental Wellness

Student-athletes, coaches, and faculty athletics representatives play a critical role in creating an environment that supports the mental health and well-being of college athletes. That’s why the Sport Science Institute developed web-based...

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