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Overuse Injuries and Periodization Educational Resources

The NCAA Sport Science Institute is a leader in providing health and safety resources to college athletes, coaches, athletics administrators and campus partners. Together with leading medical organizations, behavioral health centers and content matter experts, the SSI provides educational resources for member schools to promote and support the health and well-being of student-athletes.

Located on this page are materials and resources related to the overuse injuries and periodization of college athletes. 

Sports Medicine Handbook

This downloadable handbook provides guidance for directors of athletics, athletic trainers and team physicians to promote a safe environment for college athletes and to assist in the development of sports medicine policies and practices that support student-athlete health and safety.

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AOSSM Consensus Statement

This report represents the consensus outcomes of an early sport specialization think tank, convened by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine in 2015, in which participants of the meeting identified areas in which more research is necessary to address the outstanding questions surrounding early sport specialization and achieve the goal of healthy athletic participation through adulthood at the highest level of participation desired.

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American Development Model

The NCAA supports the American Development Model and a safe continuum of health throughout the lifespan of a student-athlete. The ADM is the United States Olympic Committee’s official rollout of long-term development and aADM includes multisport participation and cautioning against early sport specialization. The NCAA constantly monitors safety guidelines, playing rules and protective equipment standards to minimize risks and provide student-athletes with a safe competitive environment with the best opportunity to enjoy a healthy career.

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