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SSI Partners

The SSI has identified several partners and developed collaborative plans that promote and develop safety, excellence and wellness in all student–athletes and NCAA member institutions. Some of those partners include:

American Academy of Dermatology
American Academy of Dermatology promotes leadership in dermatology and excellence in patient care through education, research and advocacy.

American Academy of Neurology (AAN)
AAN, established in 1948, is an international professional association of more than 26,000 neurologists and neuroscience professionals dedicated to promoting the highest quality patient–centered neurologic care.

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD)
AAHPERD’s mission is to promote and support leadership, research, education and best practices in the professions that support creative, healthy and active lifestyles.

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
ACSM promotes fitness, health and quality of life through research, education and practical applications of sports medicine.

American College Health Association (ACHA)
ACHA provides advocacy, education, communications, products and services. It also promotes research and culturally competent practices to enhance its members' abilities to advance the health of all students and the campus community.

American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM)
AMSSM is a multi–disciplinary organization of sports medicine physicians whose members are dedicated to education, research, advocacy and the care of athletes of all ages.

American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine
AOSSM is an international organization of orthopaedic surgeons and other allied health professionals dedicated to sports medicine.

American Psychological Association (APA)
APA is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychologists in the United States.

Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP)
AASP promotes the development of science and ethical practice in the field of sport psychology.

American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
ASTM develops international standards for materials, products, systems and services used in construction, manufacturing and transportation.

American Youth Football (AYF)
AYF is an international youth football organization established to promote the wholesome development of youth through their association with adult leaders in the sport of American football.

Aspen Institute Sport & Society
The mission of the Sports and Society Program is to convene leaders, foster dialogue, and inspire solutions that help sport serve the public interest, with a focus on the development of healthy children and communities.

BACCHUS Peer Education
BACCHUS is a collegiate peer education initiative that supports the achievement of students’ academic and personal success by building skills in student leaders to address campus health and safety issues. NCAA financially supports the General Assembly and the Tobacco Symposium.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC collaborates to create the expertise, information and tools that people and communities need to protect their health through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats.

A Coalition of America's leading higher education associations working together for substance abuse prevention. NCAA is a member of CoHEASAP and supports a representative at 2 in–person meetings a year.

Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA)
CSCCA represents and promotes the collegiate strength and conditioning coach.

The Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention (Datalys) is a non–profit 501(c)3 organization that specializes in the collection and analysis of injuries, health outcomes and other data related to sports and physical activity. Datalys Center was formed by the NCAA, ACSM, and BioCrossroads to further the efforts of researchers, public health officials, policy makers, and the public in the understanding and prevention of injuries. Datalys currently has programs that extend across nearly all levels of sport and provides injury surveillance for the NCAA.

United States Department of Defense
The US Department of Defense (DOD) is America's oldest and largest government agency, and provides the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of our country. The DOD's Center of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury provides state–of–the–art research and treatment for traumatic brain injury. Through the Army, the DOD has joined a strategic alliance with the NFL, GE and the NCAA in the Head Health Initiative.

National Center for Drug Free
Drug Free Sport™ is a premier provider of drug testing services, drug screening policies and drug education programs in sport. Drug Free Sport currently administers the NCAA drug testing program.

A national organization dedicated to its mission to empower people to prevent hazing in college and university student groups. NCAA donates at the Silver Donor level.

Hockey Equipment Certification Council, Inc. (HECC)
HECC is a non–profit organization which was created at the request of USA Hockey in 1978 to administer the certification for USA Hockey.

Institute of Lifestyle Medicine (ILM)
ILM is a professional non–profit education, research, and advocacy organization that offers concrete tools and training to healthcare professionals, conducts research to demonstrate efficacy of lifestyle interventions, and is creating a model for national adoption of Lifestyle Medicine.

Institute of Medicine (IOM)
IOM is an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision makers and the public.

National Academy of
The NAS is a private, non–profit society of distinguished scholars established in 1863 to provide independent and objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology.

National Collaborative for Hazing Prevention Research and Education
Promotes safer school and campus climates through research, information–sharing, and the development and dissemination of evidence–based hazing prevention and intervention strategies. NCAA sits on advisory board.

National Federation of American High School Associations (NFHS)
NFHS serves its 50 member state high school athletic/activity associations, plus the District of Columbia. The NFHS publishes playing rules in 16 sports for boys and girls competition and administers fine arts programs in speech, theater, debate and music. It provides a variety of program initiatives that reach the 18,500 high schools and more than 11 million students involved in athletic and activity programs.

National Football League (NFL)
The National Football League is a professional American football league composed of 32 teams divided equally between the National Football Conference and the American Football Conference.

NFL Evolution addresses player health and safety through research, resources and partnerships. NFL Evolution also highlights recent news about advances in science and safety.

National Football League Players Association (NFLPA)
The NFLPA is the union for professional football players in the National Football League. Established in 1956, the NFLPA has a long history of assuring proper recognition and representation of players’ interests.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
NIH is the nation’s medical research agency and supports scientific studies that turn discovery into health.

National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE)
A leading force in the effort to improve athletic equipment, and to reduce injuries through robust standards for athletic equipment.

National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)nsca–
A non–profit association dedicated to facilitating the exchange of ideas in strength development as it relates to the improvement of athletic performance and fitness.

National Youth Sports Health & Safety
A leader and advocate for advancing and disseminating the latest research and evidence–based education, recommendations and policy to enhance the experience, development, health and safety of our youth in sports.

Partnership for Clean
An anti–doping research collaborative ensuring integrity in sport.
Pop Warner Little League Scholars, Inc. (PWLS) – A non–profit organization that provides youth football, cheer and dance programs for participants in 42 states and several countries around the world.

The Resource Exchange Center (REC)
The REC is a subscription–based service that exists to provide up–to–date, confidential and accurate information on dietary supplements, dangerous and/or banned (prohibited) substances, and provide interactive tools and educational materials to empower athletes to make healthy and responsible decisions. The NCAA is a subscribing organization.

Sports Trauma Overuse and Prevention
The STOP (Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention) Sports Injuries campaign was created by a broad–based coalition to help prevent athletic overuse and trauma injuries.

Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN)
SCAN is the largest dietetic practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Members are registered dietitians with nutrition expertise in the areas of sports, physical activity, cardiovascular health, wellness and the prevention and treatment of disordered eating and eating disorders. SCAN and the NCAA have partnered to provide nutrition education resources for student–athletes, coaches and athletics healthcare staff via nutrition articles, fact sheets and webinars.

Step UP! Bystander Intervention Program
A pro–social behavior and bystander intervention program that educates students to be proactive in helping others. NCAA is on the advisory board, and contributes financial support for training and development.

A non–profit alliance of professional and collegiate sports, entertainment facilities, concessionaires, stadium service providers, the beer industry, distillers, broadcasters, governmental traffic safety experts and others working together to promote responsible drinking and positive fan behavior at sports and entertainment facilities. NCAA is a dues paying member, and represents on the advisory board. TEAM engages at various NCAA championship events.

UNC Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research
The National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research collects and disseminates death and permanent disability sports injury data that involve brain and/or spinal cord injuries. The research is funded by a grant from the NCAA, the American Football Coaches Association, and the National Federation of State High School Associations.

United States Anti–Doping Agency (USADA)
The national anti–doping organization for the Olympic movement in the United States is recognized as "the official anti–doping agency for Olympic, Pan American and Paralympic sport.

True Sport ™ is powered by the U.S. Anti–Doping Agency (USADA), empowering athletes and sports enthusiasts to love the game, not the trophy.

United States Olympic Committee (USOC)
The USOC serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. The USOC is responsible for the training, entering and funding U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, while serving as a steward of the Olympic Movement throughout the country.

Endowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002, USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, its 32 teams and the NFL Players Association and manages U.S. national teams for international competition. USA Football is an independent non–profit organization that leads the development of the game through educational programs and innovative resources.

Last Updated: May 30, 2013