Concussions

CARE Consortium: King-Devick test time varies by testing modality

The test, a timed exam that requires participants to identify and name numbers rapidly in order to gauge eye movement and reaction time, has become an important tool for clinicians evaluating concussions.

CARE Consortium: Comparison of head impact exposure between concussed football athletes and matched controls

While the understanding of sport-related concussion and its short- and long-term consequences has continued apace, what role might exposure to repetitive head impacts play in brain health and vulnerability to injury?

CARE Consortium: How mental health and concussion history influence baseline performance

No two student-athletes are the same, but what factors influence the baseline results that clinicians use to help diagnose concussions and evaluate recovery after injury?

NCAA and Defense Department expand concussion study with $22.5 million

The world’s most comprehensive concussion study is being dramatically expanded with an infusion of nearly $22.5 million in new funding from the U.S. Department of Defense and the NCAA to examine the impacts of head injuries over several years.

Concussion Safety Protocol Template

The following Concussion Safety Protocol Template* is designed as an aid for NCAA schools to consider using in order to satisfy Divisions I, II and III concussion safety protocol legislation. The Template highlights all components of the updated NCAA Concussion Safety Protocol Checklist and provides shaded cells that schools may use to personalize their protocol. Recent updates to the NCAA Concussion Safety Protocol Checklist have resulted in corresponding updates to the prior version of the published Template. Updated content has been highlighted so that it can be more easily identified.  Template content that is outside the scope of the Checklist has been indicated with an asterisk (*) and is included for your convenience and consideration.

Institutions are not required to use the Template; rather, it is offered as a resource to support athletic departments in their concussion safety efforts.  The content of this Template is offered for educational purposes only and is not intended to constitute, or be a substitute for, medical or legal advice. The content is not intended to be exhaustive, and we encourage membership to review these materials with applicable campus medical, legal and risk management authorities to determine whether and how best to use this information to address individual institutional risks and requirements. All concussion safety protocols, regardless if developed using the Template or another mechanism, must be consistent with all applicable divisional legislative requirements.

This Template includes a sample Written Certification of Compliance form. Division I Constitution 3.2.4.20.1(g) requires Division I member institutions to include, as part of the Concussion Safety Protocol, a written certificate of compliance signed by the institution's athletics health care administrator and this form can be used for that purpose. While not legislatively required, the form can also be used by Division II and III institutions that have elected to include a certification as part of their protocol review process.

If you have questions or difficulty accessing the template, please email ssi@ncaa.org.

CSMAS forms new concussion advisory group

A new concussion advisory group will soon be formed to help guide the implementation of accepted best practices on campus.

CARE Consortium: Effect of immediate removal from activity after concussion

It seems intuitive that athletes who are removed from play soon after a concussion might experience better outcomes than those who continue to press on, but is that the case?

CARE Consortium: Quantifying the value of concussion assessment models

A litany of concussion assessment tools are available to practitioners, but what test — or combination of tests — is most effective in making an accurate diagnosis?

CARE Consortium: Influence of age at first concussion

Does the age that an individual first experiences a concussion have an influence on the number of subsequent concussions someone may experience?

CARE Consortium: Predicting collegiate athlete baseline neurocognitive scores

Cognitive abilities among athletes will inevitably vary, and results on baseline tests will reflect those variations. But what factors contribute to those differences?

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