While sport-related concussion is an inherent risk in all contact and collision sports, the SSI has taken a leadership role, in collaboration with multiple key stakeholders, in evaluating the impact of concussions and repetitive head impact, as well as developing groundbreaking research and best practices to mitigate the potential effects of head injuries in sport.
NCAA member schools are a critical component of these efforts. In addition to playing rules aimed at providing a safer playing environment, member schools are required to have a concussion management plan in place. The SSI also provides resources to raise awareness of concussions among student-athletes and collaborates with more than a dozen medical associations, as well as administrators, athletic trainers and coaches, to provide detailed best practice recommendations through its NCAA Sports Medicine Handbook and through interassociation guidance and tools.
The NCAA Sport Science Institute is a leader in providing health and safety resources to college athletes, coaches, athletics administrators and campus partners.
The NCAA Sport Science Institute is committed to serving and educating college athletes, athletics departments and member schools.
Collecting and analyzing data, and then using those data to make informed decisions is central to what we do at the Sport Science Institute.
The SSI 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.