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Latest COVID-19 resocialization document addresses summer activities

The NCAA Sport Science Institute has released “Resocialization of Collegiate Sport: 2021 Summer Activities,” its seventh publication regarding the resocialization of college sports amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

CARE Consortium finds higher incidence of concussion, head impact exposure during football preseason and practice

The latest findings from the Concussion Assessment, Research and Education Consortium show that disproportionately higher concussion rates and head impact exposure in college football occur during the preseason and practice — not regular-season games.

COVID-19 Advisory Panel roster
Meet the people behind the NCAA's COVID-19 Advisory Panel

In early March, NCAA leadership started planning to create an independent advisory panel to help inform the Association on the emerging COVID-19 virus. There would be evolving information to keep track of, complex questions and tough decisions to be made. The idea was to create an expert team made up of diverse perspectives that could keep NCAA membership informed on the most up-to-date information around this emerging virus, and provide recommendations based on that information.

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.

Division II National SAAC-Sponsored Cardiac Health Initiative

The NCAA Division II National Student Athlete Advisory Committee, in collaboration with the NCAA Sport Science Institute, is leading a Cardiac Health Initiative to raise awareness for the cardiac health of college athletes and to increase the number of NCAA community members who are CPR/AED certified.

Though sudden fatality from a heart condition remains the leading medical cause of death in college athletes, there’s a 90 percent chance an individual will survive if he or she is treated properly within three minutes. The Cardiac Health Initiative, grounded in the Interassociation Consensus Statement on Cardiovascular Care of College Athletes, provides a compelling public health message that proper CPR/AED certification can save the life of someone who is in cardiac arrest.

In support of this effort, the Division II National SAAC members have made a public commitment to become CPR/AED certified and co-sponsored an Association-wide CPR/AED training at the 2017 NCAA Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

Join the Division II National SAAC members in support of this effort by getting heart certified today.

New guidance on preventing sudden cardiac death in athletes published

NCAA, medical specialists recommend all universities have well-rehearsed emergency action plan for sudden cardiac arrest.

9 schools added to NCAA-DOD concussion study

The NCAA-Department of Defense CARE Consortium study is on the cusp of entering its third year and now includes 30 institutions across the country.

Picture of Health

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.

A recipe for energy management success

Whether you are a budding college athlete or a weekend warrior whose competition days are but a fond memory, self-care is a vital part of anyone’s daily routine.

Smoke Screen

Mike Devlin’s path from athlete to addict started with an injury and prescription painkillers, continued with years of deception and nearly cost him his life. How did things turn so dark so quickly? It’s a question every coach, parent and athlete should ask.

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