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Concussion 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. That’s why the NCAA has been engaged in concussion research for more than 15 years and serves as a leader in the future of concussion safety.  

The NCAA-U.S. Department of Defense Grand Alliance

In partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense, the NCAA launched the landmark multi-million dollar NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance to fund the most comprehensive study conducted in the history of concussion research that includes an education and research grand challenge aimed at improving the culture of concussion reporting and management.

Initiated in the summer of 2014, the NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance will establish the natural history and neurophysiology of sport-related concussion and also will develop educational and research initiatives to improve the culture of concussion reporting. Combined with previous research funded by the NCAA in 2012 and 1999, this initiative will develop resources for providing student-athletes with the best care possible.

The NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance includes two initiatives, the CARE Consortium, which will offer critical insights into the natural history and neurophysiology of sport-related concussion; and the Mind Matters Challenge, a $7 million initiative aimed at changing important concussion safety behaviors and the culture of concussion reporting and management.