Grand Alliance

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.

Fourth Annual NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance Concussion Conference

The NCAA, U.S. Department of Defense, Atlantic Coast Conference and Virginia Tech are excited to invite you to the Fourth Annual Sports-Related Concussion Conference.

This day-long event will be held virtually Friday, April 30, 2021. NCAA member schools will be able to attend this conference at no cost.

During the event, concussion experts and researchers will share preliminary and recently publicized data from the NCAA-U.S. Department of Defense Grand Alliance, the largest concussion study and educational grand challenge ever conducted. The conference will build on the prior sport-related concussion conferences hosted in partnership with the NCAA, Department of Defense, and participating member schools and conferences. Lectures will be didactic and demonstrative, and there will be ample time for panel discussions and questions and answers.

Click here to download the agenda.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Medical Society of Virginia through the joint providership of Carilion Clinic’s CME Program and Virginia Tech Institute for Critical Technology & Applied Science. Carilion Clinic’s CME Program is accredited by The Medical Society of Virginia to provide continuing medical education for physicians.Carilion Clinic’s CME Program designates this live activity for a maximum 7.67 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Approval is pending for CEUs for athletic trainers.

Previous Conferences:

  • Researchers shared preliminary findings from the largest-ever study of concussion in sport at the first annual sport-related concussion conference hosted by the Pac-12 Conference at the University of California, Los Angeles. Read more about the event.
  • The Second Annual NCAA-U.S. Department of Defense Grand Alliance Concussion Conference was held on Friday, Apr. 20, 2018 at Eisenhower Hall on the USMA campus in West Point, NY.  Download the conference syllabus.
  • The Third Annual NCAA-U.S. Department of Defense Grand Alliance Concussion Conference was held on Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2019 at the Discovery Building on the campus of University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin.  Download the conference syllabus.

Grand alliance latest step in efforts to understand concussion

The partnership between the NCAA and the Department of Defense, launched during the White House Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit, builds upon research initiatives the NCAA has funded for the last 15 years.

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