The newly-announced collaboration between the U.S. Department of Defense and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) on a landmark $30 million study of concussion and head impact exposure is expected to enroll an estimated 37,000 male and female NCAA student-athletes over a three-year study period.
Conducting the comprehensive investigation will be a research consortium led by teams from the Indiana University School of Medicine, the University of Michigan, and the Medical College of Wisconsin, according to officials. The research entity is titled the Concussion Assessment, Research and Education (CARE) Consortium, and its work will involve athletes from as many as 30 universities.
The three-year investigation is expected to produce critical insight of the risks, treatment and management of concussions. An education component of the initiative, managed by the NCAA, will produce a state-of-the-art multimedia education program for athletes, coaches and administrators with the aim of cultivating responsible behavior and attitudes about concussions.