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Doping and Substance Abuse 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. We work closely with NCAA research staff in support of efforts that promote a safe and healthy environment for college athletes competing in all sports.

Located on this page is information about the SSI’s research efforts related to doping and substance abuse.

Institutional Drug Education and Testing Survey

This biannual survey collects data on the drug-testing and education efforts of member schools and was sent to the attention of directors of athletics at member schools. Response came from 488 institutions, for a response rate of 45 percent.

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Substance Abuse of College Athletes Survey

The NCAA Student-Athlete Substance Use Survey is a quadrennial survey that collects data on the substance use patterns of college athletes. It helps inform the SSI, the Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sport, and NCAA policymakers with current and historical information concerning levels of student-athlete drug and alcohol use. The information includes matters such as why student-athletes do or do not use specific substances, when they started to use drugs, and their attitudes regarding drug use and drug testing.

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