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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.”


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. 


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...

Sexual Violence Prevention Tool Kit

The NCAA Sport Science Institute, in partnership with the NCAA Office of Inclusion, is pleased to announce our updated resource entitled: “Sexual Violence Prevention: An Athletics Tool Kit for a Healthy and Safe Culture – Second Edition.” This document was updated in 2019 with important new information and pertinent changes since the legal and higher education landscape around sexual violence has significantly evolved.

CSMAS proposes the expansion of independent medical care

During its meeting June 15-17 in Dallas, the Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports approved a series of recommendations that build on legislation passed by the NCAA’s five autonomy conferences earlier this year...

Addressing student-athlete hazing

Susie Bruce, director, Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, University of Virginia; and Holly Deering, health educator, Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, University of Virginia

“… The intention was to have a fun night of team bonding, not to humiliate or embarrass anyone. … We realize it didn’t benefit us or improve our skills. It didn’t make us close as a team, and in fact, just the opposite occurred! Our fall season was canceled, as was our spring break, and our team is on probation. 


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Safety in College Football Summit

The Sport Science Institute and the College Athletic Trainers’ Society hosted the second Safety in College Football Summit in Orlando February 10 and 11, 2016. The event, attended by athletic trainers, physicians, concussion researchers,...


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