The NCAA Sport Science Institute is constantly evolving our insights to reflect the most advanced research and provide the most innovative information and education to our member schools. Availability and access to athletics healthcare and sport injury data is foundational to this effort and the SSI has served as a national leader in the sport injury data collection effort for more than 30 years.
The SSI also works collaboratively with NCAA Research to support the development of health and safety legislation, educational policies and best practices that enhance the college athlete experience. The NCAA also supports the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research, which tracks and manages the mandatory reporting of catastrophic injuries and death among student-athletes at member institutions.
The CARE Consortium is a $23-million-dollar research initiative, part of the NCAA and U.S. Department of Defense Grand Alliance, that will offer critical insights into the natural history and neurophysiology of sport-related concussion.
The Mind Matters is a $7 million initiative, part of the NCAA and U.S. Department of Defense Grand Alliance, aimed at changing important concussion safety behaviors and the culture of concussion reporting and management.
The GOALS survey is a quadrennial NCAA study of the experiences and well-being of current college athletes. It provides the SSI and the Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sport, as well as NCAA committees, policymakers and member schools, with the most detailed information to date on a range of important issues, including the health and well-being, athletics, academics and social experience of college student-athletes.
The American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment is a biannual, nationally recognized research survey that can assist in collecting precise data about students’ health habits, behaviors and perceptions. The NCAA partners with the ACHA to obtain national data comparing student-athlete and non-student-athlete data on topics such as alcohol, tobacco and other drug use; sexual health; weight, nutrition and exercise; mental health; and personal safety and violence.
The NCAA Student-Athlete Substance Use Survey is a quadrennial survey that collects data on the substance use patterns of college athletes. It helps inform the SSI, the Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sport and NCAA policymakers with current and historical information concerning levels of student-athlete drug and alcohol use. The information includes matters such as why student-athletes do or do not use specific substances, when they started to use drugs and their attitudes regarding drug use and drug testing.
The NCAA has had bylaws restricting sports wagering for many years because leaders in college athletics consistently and steadfastly believe that sports wagering not only threatens the integrity of the game but also is an entry point into other behaviors that may compromise student-athlete health and well-being. The NCAA Collegiate Wagering Study surveys college athletes about their attitudes toward and engagement in various gambling activities, including sports wagering.
The NCAA Social Environments Study is designed to examine how student-athletes interact with various on-campus and community groups; the level of comfort and trust within the campus community; perceived ability to intervene when teammates and peers need help; and expectations/education provided by coaches and others in dealing with various issues that arise in a student-athlete’s social environment.