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The Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention

The Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention (Datalys Center) is an independent non-profit 501(c)3 organization that was created to facilitate the injury prevention efforts of organizations, sports medicine officials, researchers and policy makers.  Datalys was created through collaboration between the NCAA, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and BioCrossroads, a life sciences catalyst company.  The founding and current members of the Board of Directors represent the NCAA, ACSM, National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), Indiana School of Medicine and BioCrossroads. 

Datalys currently manages the NCAA Injury Surveillance Program (NCAA ISP) and has done so since 2009.  In addition to the NCAA ISP, Datalys also manages programs for the NATA Foundation called the National Athletic Treatment, Injury and Outcomes Network (NATION), and for USA Football called the Youth Football Safety Study.  Datalys’ core competencies include large scale multicenter data collection efforts, particularly those programs concerned with injury surveillance and prevention. 

The NCAA ISP was developed in 1982 to provide current and reliable data on sports injury trends in intercollegiate athletics and is vitally important for NCAA student-athlete health and safety efforts.  Data are used to inform the NCAA committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports (CSMAS) and sports playing rules committees.  In total, Datalys collects and reports injury statistics on 25 different NCAA sports from all divisions allowing CSMAS and sports playing rules committees to make data-driven rule and policy decisions.  The recent 2012 NCAA football kick-off rule changes is an example of the NCAA ISP data put to use, which showed a disproportionate number of injuries occurring during kickoffs.  

Datalys uses a Common Data Element (CDE) approach to injury surveillance.  What this means for member institutions is that participation in the NCAA ISP is easier than it has ever been in its 30 years of existence.  Datalys has partnered with commercial electronic health record system vendors to allow athletic trainers using ATS (Keffer Development), IMS (NExTT Solutions), or SIMS (FlanTech) to directly export de-identified data to the NCAA ISP with the push of a button This eliminates double data entry while also expanding available electronic health record systems. 

Both the NCAA and Datalys are committed to making NCAA ISP data publically available through several means.   These include the recently released NCAA Sports Injury Fact Sheets and as scientific publications written by independent researchers through the Datalys Injury Statistics Clearinghouse (DISC).  In addition, participating athletic trainers will have access to the newly released Injury Statistics Dashboard. The Injury Statistics Dashboard will allow athletic trainers to perform queries of their own data and compare their frequencies and rates with national estimates. 

The 30-year success of the NCAA ISP can be directly attributed to the efforts of the athletic trainers who have and continue to participate in the program.  Datalys is always seeking additional participants in the NCAA ISP. The program accepts individual athletic trainers and sports teams from a single institution, or multiple athletic trainers and teams from a single institution.  Athletic trainers interested in participating should contact the Datalys Center toll-free at 855-832-4222 or visit


About the Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention

Datalys Center Mission

To collect and translate—often in collaboration with others—sports participation, injury and treatment data into more effective programs, policies, rules, and education aimed at preventing, mitigating and treating sports injuries more effectively.

The Datalys Center team includes experts and scientists whose careers have focused on making sports safer through the prevention of injuries. The prevention of injuries begins with understanding the problem through ongoing and consistent injury documentation. The Datalys Center is committed to providing organizations and policy makers with unbiased data and interpretation that can be used to make data-driven policy decisions.

Last Updated: Aug 13, 2013