The NCAA is committed to keeping college athletes safe, healthy and ready to compete – on the field of play, in their college classrooms and in their future careers. Together with its Sport Science Institute, the NCAA is working to ensure college athletes are getting the best care possible.

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Keeping Heads Healthy

In partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense, the NCAA is leading the most comprehensive clinical study of concussion and head impact ever conducted. In addition, the NCAA is funding education and research initiatives aimed at changing the culture surrounding concussion and providing best practices for campuses. 

Keeping Hearts Healthy

Sudden death from a heart condition remains the leading medical cause of death in college athletes. To combat this, the NCAA Sport Science Institute is collaborating with leading medical and sports medicine organizations to promote research, education and best practices around cardiac health.

Discouraging Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse

The NCAA has administered drug testing for banned drugs since 1986. Recreational drug use affects not only the playing environment for participants, but it can also impact their health and well-being. To help foster an overall healthy experience for college athletes, the NCAA invests in programs that educate about the dangers of various drugs and alcohol.

Managing Mental Health

The NCAA provides resources to help schools and student-athletes better understand how to address mental health concerns. The NCAA has partnered with leading organizations to develop best practices in support of student-athlete mental well-being. The goal of these resources is to encourage a culture in which reaching out for mental health care is normal and expected.

Fueling Performance

Healthy performance of college athletes is paramount to the NCAA. In addition to promoting hydration, sleep and science-driven strength and conditioning efforts, Division I and Division II schools now provide unlimited meals and snacks to fuel their athletes.

Preventing Injuries

College athletes are typically healthy, but participation in sports brings an unavoidable risk of injury. The NCAA provides safety guidelines and playing rules to minimize risks and give student-athletes the opportunity to enjoy a healthy career.

Handling Interpersonal Relationships

Sexual assault and interpersonal violence on campus are important issues that impact the well-being of students and the campus community. The NCAA is committed to supporting and working with campuses to develop collaborative programming, resources, tool kits and best practices to create and maintain a safe campus environment.