In January 2015, the five Division I conferences with autonomy around student-athlete well-being matters passed concussion safety protocol legislation that builds upon previous NCAA concussion legislation. The legislation states that each school must submit a concussion safety protocol to the Concussion Safety Protocol Committee – also created by the legislation – for review, and the protocol must be consistent with the InterAssociation Consensus: Diagnosis and Management of Sport-Related Concussion Guidelines.
The Concussion Safety Protocol Committee met March 9, 2015, at the NCAA national office. The purpose of the meeting was to define the scope and parameters of the committee, in keeping with the new legislation, and to develop a checklist that outlines the core components for each institution’s concussion management plan. This checklist serves as guidance for the concussion protocols of autonomy Division I member schools as well as the concussion protocols for non-autonomy Division I, Division II and Division III member schools.
Under the legislation, the committee assesses submissions from each of the 65 Division I autonomous schools and makes recommendations for improvement and for consistency with checklist and interassociation guidelines. All 65 protocols have been approved for the 2016-17 academic year and are available below.