Sport Science Institute

The Derek Sheely Conference

This conference is held in honor of Derek Sheely, who died from a traumatic brain injury sustained during football practice in 2011. This public event is to inform and engage coaches, athletic trainers, other sports medicine personnel, student-athletes, youth, and parents. 

This program is designed to:

  • Save lives through Derek’s story
  • Raise awareness about football risks to college and youth athletes
  • Educate coaches, athletic trainers, administrators, athletes, and parents about the risks, risk reduction strategies, and best practices for football (including high school football)
  • Raise awareness of Healthy Sport Index

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NCAA Injury Surveillance Program Data Requests

For nearly 10 years, the NCAA has supported the Datalys Injury Statistics Clearinghouse, a scientific program that provides de-identified injury surveillance data to researchers affiliated with academic institutions. This program has resulted in the publication of more than 30 peer-reviewed manuscripts, which have made significant contributions to scientific understanding of the injury and illness trends of NCAA student-athletes. This program is managed by the Datalys Center, with whom the NCAA partners to manage the NCAA Injury Surveillance Program.

Notice of DISC Application Moratorium

The moratorium, which began in November 2018, will continue indefinitely until further notice as the NCAA and Datalys continue to work collaboratively on updated application policies. Additional information will be provided in 2021.

If you have questions about the moratorium, please contact the SSI at

2018 NCAA CHOICES grant program selects winners

Here are the 2018 winning institutions and their project abstracts that they will use as a guide when developing their projects...

NCAA Coaches Assist

NCAA Coaches Assist draws upon the fields of health promotion, health education and health coaching to provide skills and strategies coaches can use to guide student-athletes to appropriate campus or community resources and enable them to reach their full wellness potential.

The NCAA Coaches Assist for Empathic Response training video is designed to provide coaches with communication tools to have meaningful conversations about mental wellness with the student-athletes on their team and on their campus.

Campus Stakeholder’s Guide for Student-Athlete Mental Health

The Campus Stakeholder’s Guide for Student-Athlete Mental Health, recommended by the NCAA Task Force to Advance Mental Health Best Practice Strategies, is a resource designed for student affairs and student health services staff who work outside of athletics to understand the unique cultural aspects of college athletes, and educational approaches for working with student-athletes and athletics staff.

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Mental Health Interdisciplinary Team Planner

The Mental Health Interdisciplinary Team Planner, recommended by the NCAA Task Force to Advance Mental Health Best Practice Strategies, is a resource designed for athletics department staff to support student-athlete mental health care in collaboration with their campus partners. The planner identifies tasks and resources associated with a comprehensive approach to supporting student-athlete mental health care, and that can assist schools in implementing the Mental Health Best Practices.

Download the planner and its accompanying resources

The planner is based on a comprehensive approach to understanding and supporting student-athlete mental wellness that addresses the individual needs of student-athletes, and the environments for which they are a part. This comprehensive approach to mental health planning consists of the following five core elements:

  • Identifying critical mental health issues.
  • Identifying campus partners and resources.
  • Identifying evidence-based programs, policies and practices.
  • Implementing programs, policies and practices.
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of prevention efforts.

The planner was developed based on the following public health model that demonstrates how athletics departments can address the individual needs of their student-athletes and the influences of team and campus environments. At each level, resources are identified to assist athletics departments with engaging student-athletes and prevention partners in support of student-athlete mental health and well-being:

Mental Health Workshop Planning Kit

The Mental Health Workshop Planning Kit, recommended by the NCAA Task Force to Advance Mental Health Best Practice Strategies, is a resource designed for NCAA conference offices to support member schools in the implementation of the Mental Health Best Practices. The planning kit provides conferences with resources to conduct an approximately seven-hour training with athletics and campus stakeholders using an integrative approach to promote and support student-athlete mental wellness.

Mental Health Best Practices Implementation Tools

As an outcome of the NCAA Task Force to Advance Mental Health Best Practice Strategies, the following tools are designed to help athletics department staff, conference offices and campus stakeholders understand and support student-athlete mental wellness, and to implement the Mental Health Best Practices.

CARE Consortium: Effect of immediate removal from activity after concussion

It seems intuitive that athletes who are removed from play soon after a concussion might experience better outcomes than those who continue to press on, but is that the case?


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