Health and Safety

NCAA student-athletes deserve a safe and healthy college experience.

Sports come with inherent risks, but through partnerships, education and innovations we can provide student-athletes with the best environment for success. Through our Sport Science Institute the NCAA is leading a national effort to partner with member schools, national governing bodies, key medical and youth sport organizations, the Department of Defense and the public sector to conduct research, promote policies and develop educational materials that benefit the safety, excellence and wellness of all athletes.

Sport Science Institute

The NCAA Sport Science Institute (SSI) is the association’s national center for excellence whose mission is to promote and develop safety, excellence and wellness in college student-athletes, and to foster life-long physical and mental development.  The SSI is devoted to research, education, collaboration, policy development and best practice guidelines that will benefit the safety, excellence and wellness of the intercollegiate student-athlete.  In order to further its vision and mission, the SSI partners and works collaboratively with member institutions and strategically aligned organizations.