Health and Safety

Competitive safeguards committee takes new approach to drug testing changes

A push to replace testing for street drugs at NCAA championship events with a more robust approach has slowed, but has not been derailed entirely.

Body composition: What are athletes made of?

Written by: Michelle Rockwell, MS, RD, CSSD, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Body composition is a physical measurement that provides more specific information about body make-up than body weight alone. Body composition can be defined as the proportion of fat and fat free mass (FFM)...

Insurance Coverage for Student-Athletes

The topic of benefits provided to student-athletes consumes sports media today. In these discussions, injuries and insurance are regularly brought up. Unfortunately, the insurance programs currently provided are often reported inaccurately, or not at all.

Velocity Based Training

Over the past several years, Velocity Based Training (VBT) has been coming to the forefront as an innovative way to determine load for strength training. Many people have developed novel approaches for the implementation of this technology.

Division III Management Council rejects drug-testing proposal

Despite a recommendation from the Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports that each division cease testing at championships for street drugs such as marijuana, the Division III Management Council voted to reject the recommendation.

Supporting Student-Athletes with Type 1 Diabetes

Anyone working with collegiate athletes knows how much work it takes to be both a dedicated student and a competitive athlete. It’s challenging to balance practice and games with classes and exams, not to mention trying to have a social life and maybe sleep somewhere in between. Then add trying to balance your blood sugar for optimal performance and it can seem like an astronomical task.

Defining and Timing Healthy Snacks

Collegiate athletes have higher energy needs than nonathletic peers, making it harder to consume their required daily calories through a typical three-meals-per-day structure. This places importance on snacks as a strategy for obtaining additional nutritious foods.

NCAA summit draws soccer community to discuss health, safety

The first-ever NCAA Soccer Summit gathered representatives from youth, college and professional soccer organizations to discuss pressing medical issues in the sport and to shape a path to making it safer for all participants.

The Female Athlete Body Project

Female Athletes are a special population of college women, and special attention is required to inform them of the proper nutritional needs of their athletic bodies.

The psychology of sports injuries

The magnitude of the injuries within NCAA athletics is significant. Injuries can hinder performance and negatively impact collegiate athletes’ mental health and well-being, including: threats to self-esteem, social isolation and motivational demands associated with rehabilitation.


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