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Mental Health Summits and Task Forces

The NCAA Sport Science Institute is committed to serving and educating student-athletes, athletics departments and member schools. To help accomplish this goal, we collaborate 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. These events give rise to best practices, recommendations, research agendas and educational efforts that support and promote the health and safety of college athletes.

Diverse Student-Athlete Mental Health and Well-Being Summit

A two-day summit with the goal of developing foundational statements that will shape the NCAA’s short-term, intermediate and long-term education, research and policy efforts to assist in addressing student-athlete mental health and well-being with a specific focus on the challenges for people of color.

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NCAA Mental Health Task Force

In 2013, the Sport Science Institute convened nearly two dozen scientists, clinicians, policy experts, team physicians, administrators, coaches and student-athletes in Indianapolis for a Mental Health Task Force to discuss the myriad of mental health issues facing today’s NCAA athletes.

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Mid-American Conference Mental Health Summit

In 2016, the Sport Science Institute joined with the Mid-American Conference to facilitate a Mental Health Summit at the MAC offices in Cleveland. All 12 of the MAC member institutions sent an interdisciplinary team to the summit and created a strategic plan to effectively implement Mental Health Best Practices on campus. 

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Task Force to Advance Mental Health Best Practice Strategies

In 2017, the Sport Science Institute hosted the Task Force to Advance Mental Health Best Practices Strategies. In attendance were nearly 40 representatives from NCAA member schools, as well as experts in the field and representatives from professional associations, mental health and higher education organizations.

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