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Collegiate Athletic Injuries Trends and Prevention. A Report on the NCAA Injury Surveillance System. NCAA Injury Surveillance System (ISS). Developed in 1982 as a national injury data collection tool for collegiate athletics.

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Collegiate athletic injuries trends and prevention

Collegiate Athletic Injuries Trends and Prevention

A Report on the NCAA Injury Surveillance System


Ncaa injury surveillance system iss

NCAA Injury Surveillance System (ISS)

  • Developed in 1982 as a national injury data collection tool for collegiate athletics.

  • Provide credible data to allow the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports and NCAA rules committees to make informed health and safety decisions on rules and policy.


Heart of the system

Heart of the System:

Athletic Trainers


Paper based iss 1982 2003

Paper-based ISS (1982-2003)

  • Paper forms mailed to NCAA.

  • No cost to participate.

  • Injuries and exposures for 16 sports during traditional season.

  • Standard end-of-year report of results.


Web based iss 2004 ongoing

Web-based ISS (2004 – ongoing)

  • Web-based program over the Internet

  • No cost to participate

  • Injuries and exposures for all NCAA championship and club sports over the entire academic year.

  • Treatment center.

  • Customized final reports.

  • Primary electronic athletic training room record.

  • Real time / flexible.


Ncaa student athlete participation

NCAA Student-Athlete Participation

M F

1988-89178,000 90,000

2003-04215,000161,000

Increase 21% 80%


Why injury surveillance works in the ncaa

Why Injury Surveillance Works in the NCAA

  • Controlled population (1100 schools).

  • Consistent data collectors (certified athletic trainer).

  • Commitment to student-athlete welfare.

  • Ongoing interest in application and results.


What s in it for the ncaa

What’s in it for the NCAA?

  • Creates Association-wide network of data collectors.

  • Injury trends that provide the foundation for rules and policy.

  • Evaluate injury trends following policy to determine effectiveness.

  • Pushes decision making to the lowest possible level.

  • Creates mechanism for rapid response.


What s in it for schools

What’s in it for Schools?

  • Contributing to student athlete welfare.

  • Honorarium (pre 2004).

  • Free permanent electronic athletic training room record (post 2003).

  • Informed decision-making at institutional level.

  • Valuable research tool.


Applications of the iss

Applications of the ISS

  • 1994 – Risk of HIV transmission in college athletes

  • 1995, 1999 – Higher risk of ACL injuries in female soccer & basketball student-athletes.

  • 1997 – Rules modifications in spring football.

  • 1998 – Rules modifications in ice hockey in response to high concussion rate.

  • 2003 – Rules modifications in preseason football practice to address heat illness.

  • 2003 – Mandatory eyewear in women’s lacrosse.


Head injuries in women s lacrosse game before after mandatory eye protection

Head Injuries in Women’s Lacrosse (Game) (Before & After Mandatory Eye Protection)


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