Datalys, NCAA Renew Contract

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The NCAA has renewed its contract with the Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention in Indianapolis. Under the agreement, the center will continue to manage the sports organization's Injury Surveillance Program.

August 21, 2013

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. -- The Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention, a nationally recognized leader in sports injury research and surveillance, today announced the contract renewal with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to continue management of the Injury Surveillance Program. The announcement marks a major milestone in the growth of the Datalys Center and a giant leap toward the continued collection of sports injury and treatment data that is translated into more effective programs, policies, rules, and education aimed at preventing, mitigating, and treating sports injuries more effectively.

Through the collaborative efforts of the NCAA, the American College of Sports Medicine and BioCrossroads, Indiana’s initiative for investment, development and advancement of the state’s signature life sciences strengths, the Datalys Center was formed to focus on expanding the NCAA’s existing internal Sports Injury Surveillance Program. Together, the NCAA and the Datalys Center have enlisted hundreds of individual teams from 25 sports in more than 100 colleges and universities. Since 1982, the NCAA Injury Surveillance Program has produced over 30 peer-reviewed published manuscripts and has led to countless safety improvements across all sports. In collaboration with the new Sport Science Institute at the NCAA, the vision for the future with the contract renewal is to more widely disseminate injury information collected through the program in addition to adding more universities, teams and sports to the platform.

"We are extremely pleased with the progress that has been made in this collaborative effort with the Datalys Center," said Dr. Brian Hainline, Chief Medical Officer and Vice-President of the Sport Science Institute at the NCAA. "Over the past four years the Datalys Center has grown the program by over 100 percent to gather even more data across a wider variety of collegiate sports – all of which helps us gain a better understanding of sports related injuries so that we may develop measures to better prevent sports related injuries in the future."

After a modest start, the Datalys Center has proven its metal by expanding into other levels of competition. Since its first contract with NCAA, the Datalys Center has successfully duplicated the injury surveillance methodology and expanded the platform to include studies supported with grants from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Foundation and USA Football, Inc. These additional projects include secondary school student-athletes from over 100 schools participating in 27 different sports as part of the National Athletic Treatment, Injury and Outcomes Network (NATION), and over 2,000 youth football players from the ages of 5-14 years in the Youth Football Safety Study.

"The contract renewal with the NCAA is a major milestone in the life of our organization," said Dr. Thomas Dompier, President of the Datalys Center. "The early success of the program not only benefits collegiate student-athletes, but has also facilitated the development of our longitudinal platforms that allow us to collect data and compare injuries across all sports, all ages, and at all levels of play so we can begin to make legitimate comparisons about specific injuries and work toward prevention across the lifespan."

Aside from the contracts with the NCAA, the National Athletic Treatment, Injury and Outcomes Network, and the Youth Football Safety Study, the Datalys Center hopes to expand the youth program into other sports like youth (boys and girls) soccer, lacrosse and ice hockey. For more information about Datalys Center visit www.datalyscenter.org

About The Datalys Center

The Datalys Center is headquartered in Indianapolis, IN. The Datalys Center team includes experts and scientists whose careers have focused on making sports safer through the prevention of injury. Datalys Center has developed a unique approach to collecting injury surveillance data and has quickly expanded the platform to include all sports, all ages, and at all levels of play.

Source: Datalys Center