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Concussion Reporting Process

The purpose of this memo is to provide membership with 1) additional information about the availability of an online platform and process that has been established to facilitate membership compliance with association-wide concussion reporting requirements; and 2) access to related educational and instructional materials.

Reminder: Section IX.C. of the Arrington Settlement Agreement obligates the NCAA to “create a reporting process through which member institutions will report instances of diagnosed concussions in NCAA student-athletes and their resolution.” In January 2020, all three NCAA divisions passed emergency or noncontroversial legislation (Division I Constitution 4.3.4.21;Division II Constitution 3.3.4.18; Division III Constitution 3.2.4.18) requiring an active member institution “to report all instances of diagnosed sport-related concussions in student-athletes and their resolution to the NCAA on an annual basis pursuant to policies and procedures maintained by the Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports.”

Concussion Reporting Process

CSMAS has now established those policies and procedures. A website and online reporting process have been established and will be available to the membership on July 1, 2020. The URL for that website can be found in step-by-step reporting instructions for member institutions, which can be accessed here.

NCAA legislation requires that schools report concussions that are diagnosed from May 18, 2020 forward. The initial 2020-21 reporting cycle does not begin until July 1, 2020, so schools will be expected to report all concussions that are diagnosed from May 18, 2020 thru the date the school chooses to report prior to the end of the first annual reporting cycle on June 30, 2021. In subsequent years, schools will report those concussions occurring since the date of their last reporting.

Upon successful submission of the concussion report, the individual that reports on behalf of the institution will immediately receive an email confirming that the report has been submitted. This email will also contain a confirmation number and the number of reported and resolved concussions for the purpose of checking reporting accuracy.

Frequently Asked Questions

In addition to the instructional information about the reporting process, we have developed a Frequently Asked Questions document that contains answers to anticipated membership questions related to the concussion reporting process. A copy of the concussion reporting process FAQ can be accessed here.

As always, please contact us at ssi@ncaa.org in the event you have any questions.