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Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports

NCAA Sport Science Institute

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NCAA Bylaw 2.2.3 Health and Safety:  It is the responsibility of each member institution to establish and maintain an environment in which a student-athlete's activities are conducted as an integral part of the student-athlete's educational experience.  

Committee Legislation (Bylaws 21.2.2;; 

The committee, subject to the direction of the Executive Committee, shall: 

(a) Promote and sponsor research to address relevant health and safety issues;

(b) Promote education to enhance the health and safety of student-athletes; 

(c) Operate a national injury surveillance program to monitor injury trends and enhance safety in intercollegiate athletics;

(d)  Deter the use of NCAA banned substances in order to promote fair competition and safety;

(e)  Facilitate outreach activities to enhance student-athlete health and safety; and

(f)  Provide a health and safety perspective on relevant legislation and policy.

The Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports shall consist of 20 members, including five positions allocated for men, five allocated for women and 10 unallocated. The membership of the committee shall be constituted as follows: 

(a) Two athletics directors or senior woman athletics administrators, one man and one woman;

(b) One member who is an active coach;

(c) One member active in exercise physiology research;

(d) Three members from the field of medicine, of whom at least one shall be a woman, one shall be a primary-care team physician and one shall be a board certified orthopedic specialist; 

(e) One man and one woman, one of whom is responsible for the total athletics training programs at member institutions; 

(f) One member representing the field of law;

(g) One member of the NCAA Football Rules Committee;

(h) One member representing secondary school interests.  This individual shall be the National Federation of State High School Associations' staff liaison to the Sports Medicine Advisory Board and shall be eligible for reappointment without restriction; 

(i) One member active in sports-medicine research; 

(j) One member with expertise in drug testing;

(k) One member with expertise in the area of drug education; 

(l) One student-athlete from each division (who shall have one combined vote) shall serve as a member of the committee.  The Division I student-athlete may serve on the committee up to one year after completion of his or her intercollegiate athletics eligibility.  The Division II and Division III student-athlete may serve on the committee up to two years after completion of his or her intercollegiate athletics eligibility; and 

(m) Two members selected at large.


Committee member duties: The CSMAS has two subcommittees, the Drug-Education and Drug-Testing Subcommittee, and the Sports Sciences Safety Subcommittee. The Drug-Education and Drug-Testing Subcommittee provides the NCAA membership direction on alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse prevention programs, research and grants, and oversees the NCAA drug-testing program. This committee is charged with hearing drug-test appeals. The Sports Sciences Safety Subcommittee provides guidance on sports specific health and safety research and policy issues. This subcommittee also edits the NCAA Sports Medicine Handbook. All subcommittee recommendations are reviewed for approval by the full committee.