Sport Science Institute

Heat and Hydration

Adequate hydration before, during and after physical activity is critical to the safe and healthy participation of student-athletes in college sports. Intense exercise, hot and humid weather and dehydration can compromise an athlete’s...

Disordered Eating

Adequate nutrition and energy intake is important to the physical and emotional well-being, as well as the sports performance, of college athletes. Athletes don't need to be diagnosed with an eating disorder to experience adverse physical...

Dietary Supplements

The NCAA Sport Science Institute hopes to foster a healthy and productive experience for college athletes. In addition to performance-enhancing drugs, alcohol and other recreational drugs, dietary supplements can be dangerous to a student-...

APPLE Institute

The NCAA Sport Science Institute partners with the University of Virginia Gordie Center to sponsor the APPLE Institute, an annual three-day national training institute for student-athletes, athletics administrators and campus partners...

Alcohol and Other Recreational Drug Prevention

The NCAA Sport Science Institute hopes to foster a healthy and productive experience for college athletes. In addition to performance-enhancing drugs, alcohol and other recreational drug use can impact the health and well-being of student-...

Performance-Enhancing Drugs

The NCAA bans the use of performance-enhancing and recreational drugs to protect the health of college athletes and to ensure fair play. The risks for student-athletes using these drugs are high; a positive drug test will result in loss of...

NCAA Drug Testing Program

The NCAA drug-testing program, along with clear policies and effective education, protects student-athletes who play by the rules by playing clean. The purpose of the drug-testing program is to deter student-athletes from using performance...

Concussion Safety Protocol Management

The 2019 Concussion Safety Protocol Review Process will be open March 13 through May 1. Protocols must be submitted via the NCAA Program Hub . The Concussion Safety Protocol Review Process was initiated in January 2015, when the five...

Cardiac Health Summits and Task Forces

The NCAA Sport Science Institute is committed to serving and educating student-athletes, athletics departments and member schools. To help accomplish this goal, we collaborate with prominent medical and sports medicine organizations,...

Cardiac Health Best Practices for Campuses

The NCAA Sport Science Institute is committed to serving and educating college athletes, athletics departments and member schools. To support these efforts, the SSI collaborates with multidisciplinary teams, content experts, leading...

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