DATALYS CENTER FOR SPORTS INJURY RESEARCH AND PREVENTION is a national non-profit organization formed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), BioCrossroads, and the American College of Sports Medicine that conducts and provides research and surveillance expertise to support the sports injury information needs of organizations focused on improving the health and safety of the growing number of Americans who are physically active and/or participate in sports. Through the Center’s collection and analysis of sports participation, injury and treatment data, programs, policies, rules and education can be developed in order to prevent and treat sports injuries more effectively.
The Datalys Center builds on the NCAA’s Injury Surveillance System (ISS). The NCAA has continued its involvement with sports injury surveillance as the Center’s first collaborative partner. The NCAA has been collecting injury and exposure data from a sample of NCAA institutions in a variety of sports for 25 years. This effort, which has resulted in the creation of the largest ongoing collegiate sports injury database in the world, has established the NCAA as a leader in student-athlete injury surveillance and prevention, and the Datalys Center will leverage the NCAA’s prominence in this area.