The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) partnered to form the NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance, an initiative that leverages their combined resources and collective experience to advance the science of sport-related concussion (SRC) for the benefit of student-athletes and service members alike.
This initiative includes the most comprehensive study of concussion and head impact exposure to-date, the Concussion Assessment, Research, and Education (CARE) Consortium. The CARE Consortium endeavors to provide necessary infrastructure and scientific expertise to study concussion and gain a better understanding of the neurobiopsychosocial nature of concussive injury and recovery in order to enhance the safety and health of student-athletes, service members, youth sports participants, and the broader public. The CARE Consortium advances cutting-edge studies that incorporate head impact sensor technologies, advanced neuroimaging, biological markers, and detailed clinical studies to examine the acute effects and early pattern of recovery from SRC.
Geneva is supporting the CARE Consortium through collaboration with two U.S. Service Academies; the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Military Academy (West Point). Unlike the other sites participating in the study, these service academies are enrolling all students in addition to their NCAA athletes. By actively engaging and recruiting all military cadets from these institutions for participation in the CARE Consortium, the site investigators and Geneva are providing the NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance with a participant population of athletic, young-adults who are often pushing themselves physically and mentally and are vulnerable to mild traumatic brain injury.
Learn more about the NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance: CARE Consortium on their website.