Sport Science Institute

Leading a national effort to keep athletes healthy and safe.

Student-athlete well-being is a foundational component of the NCAA mission and has been a priority for the NCAA for more than 100 years.

As the Association’s national center of excellence, the NCAA Sport Science Institute works closely with the Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports and is committed to serving and educating student-athletes and our membership. The SSI aims to provide college athletes with the best environment for safety, excellence and wellness through research, education, best practices, and collaboration with member schools, national governing bodies, key medical and youth sport organizations, and the public and private sectors. 

Air Quality Safety

In light of the recent wild fires in the northwest United States, athletics departments are referred to the air quality guidance provided in a statement approved by the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports for all outdoor activities and adjust practice and competition schedules as needed.

Health Education Center

The NCAA Sport Science Institute Health Education Center serves as a national resource for the promotion of health and safety of college athletes. 

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NCAA Catastrophic Sport Injury Reporting

NCAA Association-wide legislation requires member schools to report annually on all student-athlete fatalities and catastrophic injuries, regardless of whether such fatality/injury is sport-related.

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Athletics Health Care Administrator Resource Center

Information about the recommended roles for athletics health care administrators as well as NCAA health and safety legislation, interassociation consensus recommendations and educational resources.

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Key Publications

Important and timely documents developed by SSI in partnership with leading medical sports medicine organizations, experts and member schools. 

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Sport-Specific Initiatives

The NCAA Sport Science Institute collaborates with prominent medical and sports medicine organizations, leading experts in the field and member schools to host sport- and topic-specific summits and task forces each year. 

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