Fourteen research and education teams were honored as NCAA-U.S. Department of Defense Mind Matters Challenge winners Feb. 5 at the NCAA national office in Indianapolis. The groups were recognized for their selection and participated in a data blitz to present their scope of work.
Launched in November 2014, the Mind Matters Challenge is part of the broader NCAA and U.S. Department of Defense Grand Alliance, a landmark initiative to enhance the safety of student-athletes and service members that includes the most comprehensive study of concussion and head impact exposure ever conducted. The challenge includes $7 million in funding for a two-pronged approach: One track solicited research proposals designed to improve the understanding of how to spur changes in the culture surrounding concussion; the other was a challenge to develop educational programs and materials that could be implemented immediately.
Learn more about the six education winners here.
Learn more about the eight research winners here.
Concussion and College Sports
In December, NCAA.org released a package related to the NCAA’s efforts in concussion research and education. You can find the full package here.
Some highlights include:
- Concussion timeline: A history of NCAA decisions intended to help protect college athletes from serious injuries, including those that can cause a concussion.
- A gray matter: A look at how researchers funded by the NCAA and U.S. Department of Defense teamed up in the largest concussion study in history.
- CARE Consortium map: The 21 campuses, including all four U.S. service academies, where concussion testing is underway.
- Member protocols: The concussion protocols of all 65 schools in the five Division I conferences with autonomy.
- Picture of health: Seven ways the NCAA looks out for college athletes