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Cardiac Health Best Practices for Campuses

The NCAA Sport Science Institute is committed to serving and educating college athletes, athletics departments and member schools. To support these efforts, the SSI collaborates with multidisciplinary teams, content experts, leading medical and sports medicine organizations, and member schools to develop and endorse best practice recommendations. These resource-independent best practices are crafted with input from student-athletes, coaches, and administrators to support the important work of our membership in promoting the health and safety of college athletes. Located on this page are best practices for member schools to support the cardiac health of student-athletes.

Cardiac Care Best Practices

The NCAA Sport Science Institute and leading sports medicine groups across the country have crafted an Interassociation Consensus Statement on Cardiovascular Care of College Student-Athletes that includes guidance to help NCAA member schools provide cardiovascular care for college athletes and prepare for life-threatening cardiac events.

The consensus statement, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the British Journal of Sports Medicine, and the Journal of Athletic Training, and endorsed by nine leading cardiac and sports medicine organizations, was the product of a two-day meeting of the 2014 NCAA Cardiac Task Force, which met in September 2014 in Indianapolis and brought together more than two dozen experts who represented a bevy of top medical organizations. The statement includes a Cardiac Care Best Practices Checklist to serve as resources for schools as they consider how to incorporate the recommendations into their current programs and practices. 

Endorsing Organizations

The following organizations have endorsed the interassociation consensus statement:

  • American College of Sports Medicine

  • American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine
  • College Athletic Trainers’ Society
  • College Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association
  • National Athletic Trainers’ Association
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • Simon’s Fund