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Nutrition, Sleep and Performance Data and Research

Collecting and analyzing data, and then using those data to make informed decisions, is central to what we do at the Sport Science Institute. In addition to working with the research department at the NCAA, the Sport Science Institute works closely with the Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention in support of efforts that promote a safe and healthy environment for college athletes competing in all sports.

Located on this page are data and research that support performance-related issues of college athletes.

NCAA GOALS Survey

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. Those include the health and well-being, athletics, academics and social experience of college student-athletes.

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National College Health Assessment Survey

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.

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