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National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research

The mission of the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research (NCCSIR) is to conduct surveillance of catastrophic injuries and illnesses related to participation in organized sports in the United States at the professional, collegiate, high school and youth levels of play.

The goal of the Center is to improve the prevention, evaluation, management and rehabilitation of catastrophic sports-related injuries.

The most common types of fatal events are acute trauma to the head/neck/spine, exertional-related heat events, exertional-related cardiac events and disruption of cardiac rhythm due to blunt chest impacts (commotio cordis).

National surveillance of catastrophic sports-related injuries conducted by the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research over the last thirty years has facilitated the introduction of numerous sports safety interventions.

The Datalys Center is a member of the Consortium for Catastrophic Injury Monitoring in Sport, which was created to develop a stronger national active surveillance program to improve reporting and monitoring of these catastrophic sports injuries. Through this Consortium, the NCCSIR aims to track cases through a systematic data reporting system that allows for longitudinal investigation of athletes suffering from catastrophic injuries and illnesses.