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NCAA Division I Health and Safety Survey

In August 2017, NCAA legislation went into effect that requires Division I member schools to complete an annual health and safety survey. Below are answers to frequently asked questions about the survey:

What is the purpose of the health and safety survey?

The health and safety survey is designed to collect information on the administrative and organizational aspects of Division I sports medicine programs. Data from the survey will be incorporated into the NCAA Institutional Performance Program and will allow schools to assess how they compare with peer institutions on issues related to athletics health care delivery and administration.

What is the NCAA Institutional Performance Program?

The IPP is a data management system that provides the NCAA membership with vital and significant data to assist with the planning, performance and oversight of their athletics programs. Early iterations of the IPP focused on financial, academic and leadership data that were of primary interest to presidents and chancellors. The addition of health and safety data is an important expansion of the system and may be used to inform the work of athletics health care administrators and primary athletics health care providers (i.e., athletic trainers and team physicians).

How will the health and safety data be collected?

Data will be collected through the completion of a survey, to be distributed to athletics health care administrators on an annual basis. The survey was developed by a task force of athletic trainers, physicians and researchers and was piloted with the Division I membership in the fall of 2014. In April 2017, the NCAA Division I Council passed legislation requiring schools to complete an annual health and safety survey.

What kinds of questions will be asked on the survey?

The survey includes questions that focus on the organizational and administrative aspects of athletics health care delivery. Questions about personnel, facilities, policies and medical documentation strategies are included, among others.

Who on campus will receive the survey? Who is expected to respond to it?

The athletics health care administrator is in the best position to respond to the survey, though others, such as the primary athletics health care providers (i.e., athletic trainers and team physicians) may be consulted. The survey will be delivered directly to the athletics health care administrator, who will have responsibility for ensuring final submission of a completed survey.

How long will it take to complete the survey?

The survey will take approximately 45-60 minutes to complete. Progress may be saved throughout the survey, and multiple sessions may be used to complete the survey. To use the save feature, the same browser and same computer must be used for all sessions. Returning to a saved survey on a different browser or different computer will result in the survey starting from the beginning.

How often will the survey need to be completed?

Division I legislation requires schools to complete the survey on an annual basis. The survey will be delivered in late November and remain open until mid-January each year.

Is there a way to reduce the length of time required to complete the survey?

The survey covers a wide variety of topics that have been deemed important by sports medicine physicians, athletic trainers and the Division I membership. While it is likely the survey will change subtly over the years in response to emerging issues, it is difficult to make major changes without sacrificing topics of interest to the membership and the broader athletics health care community. Participants will, however, be given an opportunity to print the survey upon completion and save it to their computer. It is strongly recommended that schools save their responses to expedite the completion process for subsequent years.

Will schools be able to see the results of the survey?

Yes. Once the survey closes, the NCAA research office will analyze the data. Results will then be uploaded to the IPP system and made available to the Division I membership each summer.

What should schools do with the results?

The IPP system was created as a resource for NCAA member institutions to assist them in their efforts at self-assessment and self-improvement. The health and safety data will provide an unprecedented opportunity for institutions to understand how the organizational and administrative components of athletics health care delivery compare with those of peer institutions. The IPP will allow for a real-time visualization of the established or emerging standard of care for the organization and administration of athletics health care delivery. With this information, institutions will be able to comprehensively assess their offerings and identify areas for potential improvement.