Health and Safety

Experts work towards consensus on updates to football safety guidelines

Experts gathered at the Safety in College Football Summit agreed last week to suggested revisions to football practice and concussion management guidelines.

Football Rules Committee proposes enhancements to targeting rule

The NCAA Football Rules Committee approved several proposals to enhance student-athlete safety and will allow electronic devices to be used in some areas of the stadium for coaching purposes.

Mind Matters Challenge research winners announced

Eight winners of the NCAA-Department of Defense Mind Matters Research Challenge were recognized today at the NCAA national office in Indianapolis.

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From supporting solid research to helping members make well-informed decisions, the NCAA is devoted to keeping college athletes safe, healthy and ready to compete – on the field of play, in their college classrooms and in their future careers. Together with its Sport Science Institute, the NCAA collaborates with experts to develop resources that ensure college athletes are getting the best care possible – and develops resources to keep schools educated along the way.

CSMAS proposes removal of protein restrictions

During its Dec. 13-15 meeting in Indianapolis, the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports recommended changes to the Association’s nutritional supplement legislation – which classifies what types of supplements institutions are permitted to provide student-athletes – by removing the restriction on protein content.

Loss-of-Value Insurance White Pape: Executive Summary

There are multiple insurance products available to help student-athletes protect potential future earnings in the face of severe injuries during their college career. One is a permanent total disability insurance policy. The NCAA arranges this coverage through its Exception Student-Athlete Disability Insurance (ESDI) Program. Another insurance product available is known as loss-of-value coverage, which is not offered through the NCAA ESDI Program.

Mind Matters Challenge winners to present proposals

The six education challenge winners were announced in July 2015 and have received funding to develop compelling educational platforms that will be presented at a Feb. 5 event. Each winner has been awarded a $25,000 cash prize as well as a $75,000 production budget to develop their planned product.

Division II and Division III health and safety summits

On Oct. 21 - 22, the NCAA Sport Science Institute hosted an assembly of presidents, directors of athletics, team physicians, athletic trainers, coaches and student-athletes for the first health and safety summits targeted specifically for Divisions II and III.

28 researchers and companies advance to next phase of Mind Matters Challenge

The NCAA announced today the selectees for the second phase of the Mind Matters Challenge. The challenge, which seeks to advance understanding of how to change culture, attitudes and behavior in young adults about concussion, is part of the broader joint initiative between the NCAA and the U.S. Department of Defense.

Competitive safeguards finalizes Division II strength and conditioning coach proposal

The committee’s proposal regarding Division II strength and conditioning coach certification has begun making its way through the division’s governance structure.


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