Sport Science Institute

Leading a national effort to keep athletes healthy and safe.

Student-athlete well-being is a foundational component of the NCAA mission and has been a priority for the NCAA for more than 100 years.

As the Association’s national center of excellence, the NCAA Sport Science Institute works closely with the Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports and is committed to serving and educating student-athletes and our membership. The SSI aims to provide college athletes with the best environment for safety, excellence and wellness through research, education, best practices, and collaboration with member schools, national governing bodies, key medical and youth sport organizations, and the public and private sectors. 

About the SSI

The mission of the NCAA Sport Science Institute is to promote and develop safety, excellence and wellness in college student-athletes, and to foster lifelong physical and mental development.

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Sport-Specific Initiatives

The NCAA Sport Science Institute collaborates with prominent medical and sports medicine organizations, leading experts in the field and member schools to host sport- and topic-specific summits and task forces each year. 

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Health Education Center

The NCAA Sport Science Institute Health Education Center serves as a national resource for the promotion of health and safety of college athletes. 

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NCAA Drug Testing Program

The NCAA drug testing program, along with clear policies and effective educational programs, contributes to a campus environment that supports healthy choices, fair competition and a positive environment for student-athletes.

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Mental Health Best Practices Implementation Tools

The SSI releases tools for conference offices and schools to use in implementing the Mental Health Best Practices

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Key Publications

Important and timely documents developed by SSI in partnership with leading medical sports medicine organizations, experts and member schools. 

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NCAA Freshman Experience

This FREE online evidence-based curriculum, developed for freshman and first-year transfer student-athletes by the NCAA Sport Science Institute in partnership with The Institute to Promote Athlete Health & Wellness, is designed to promote student-athlete well being through healthy behavioral strategies.

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Preventing Catastrophic Injury and Death in Collegiate Athletes

The goal of the NCAA sport science institute (SSI) is protecting the life and the long-term well-being of all athletes. To support that effort, the SSI has developed recommendations that provide a flexible roadmap for member schools to address catastrophic injury prevention.

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NCAA Catastrophic Sport Injury Reporting

NCAA Association-wide legislation requires member schools to report annually on all student-athlete fatalities and catastrophic injuries, regardless of whether such fatality/injury is sport-related.

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Athletics Health Care Administrator Resource Center

Information about the recommended roles for athletics health care administrators as well as NCAA health and safety legislation, interassociation consensus recommendations and educational resources.

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