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The Datalys Center specializes in multicenter, multiyear research programs, but our epidemiologists, scientists, and staff can develop and implement most forms of research ranging from survey, longitudinal, and mixed-methods designs. Examples include the NCAA Injury Surveillance Program, the National Athletic Treatment, Injury and Outcomes Network (NATION), the Youth Football Safety Study, and most recently, Project CARE (Concussion Assessment Research and Education). Some of our current and past sponsors and clients include the NCAA, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research and Education Foundation, BioCrossroads in cooperation with the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership Foundation, USA Football, the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research, and Indiana University.

The Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention is an independent non-profit 501(c)3 that was incorporated in 2006 through a collaborative effort between the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), BioCrossroads, and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Datalys Center was founded to further the efforts of researchers, public health officials, associations, policy makers and the public in the understanding and prevention of injuries and illness. We are a company that specializes in epidemiological research focused on but not limited to sports and other forms of physical activity.


To improve the health, safety, and performance of athletes and active people through scientific guidance and support


To be the trusted leader in making sports and physical activity safer through data-driven analytics and scientific research.

Faculty & Staff

Avinash Chandran, PhD, FACSM

Chief Science Officer | Managing Director, NCAA ISP

Kody Campbell, PhD

Assistant Director, NCAA ISP

Adrian Boltz, MS

Senior Research Associate, NCAA ISP

Bethany Morath

Project Coordinator, CARE

Will Felix

Research Assistant, CARE

Neel Rao

Research Assistant, NCAA ISP

Megan Anderson

Research Assistant, High School RIO and NATION

Board of Directors

M.S., A.T.C., L.A.T.

Director, Ossur Academy • Ossur Americas Past President, National Athletic Trainers Assn. • NATA Hall of Fame (1999)


Chief Financial Officer and Chief Business Development Officer, American College of Sports Medicine


Senior Director of Research and Health Policy, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine


Chief Medical Officer, Vice President Sport Science Institute, NCAA


Research Director, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine • Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Senior Vice President for Administration and CFO, NCAA


President, HealthPartners Institute
Chief Science Officer, HealthPartners, Inc.

Scientific Advisory Board

The Datalys Center Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) is an external entity consisting of a group of scientific leaders in sports injury research. The SAB is an integral part of the Datalys Center’s efforts to promote health and safety in sport and physical activity through dissemination of our data and research. The primary purpose of the SAB is to provide independent reviews of data requests received through our Data Injury Statistics Clearinghouse (DISC). In addition, the SAB provides expert guidance at the request of Datalys Center faculty and staff regarding ad hoc research initiatives.

Current Members:

  • Julie Agel, MA, ATC: Harborview Medical Center, Seattle
  • Leif P. Madsen, PhD, ATC: Indiana University
  • Steve Marshall, PhD: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Jennifer M. Medina McKeon, PhD, ATC, CSCS: Ithaca College
  • Johna Register-Mihalik, PhD, LAT, ATC: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Alison Snyder Valier, PhD, ATC: AT Still University
  • Jim Torner, PhD: University of Iowa
  • Gary Wilkerson, EdD, ATC: University of Tennessee Chattanooga

Research & Publication Partners

One of Datalys’ strengths is our ability to build bridges and collaborate with our fellow scientists from around the country. There are too many individuals to list, but the institutions listed below represent our partners in research and authorship.

Participating Vendors and Information

The Datalys Center partners with Electronic Health Record Vendors to conduct both the NCAA Injury Surveillance and High School NATION programs. Through the use of a “Export Engine”, vendor applications submit de-identified common data elements to the Datalys Center’s aggregate database. This process is safe and secure, and is Institutional Review Board approved. This process allows Athletic Trainers (AT) to document injuries and illnesses as they normally would as part of their daily clinical practice, thus eliminating the need for the AT to double-enter data. This process also does affect the overall performance of the certified applications.

Vendors interested in participating in the NCAA Injury Surveillance and High School NATION programs should contact us at Certification is voluntary, but the Datalys Center will promote certified applications in marketing materials, on our website, during recruitment phone calls with high schools and NCAA member institutions, and while attending meetings. Datalys Center staff and our IT Partner Arivium are available to assist in this process. As more and more conferences and individual institutions are becoming more data conscious, we believe becoming a certified partner will be a good business decision.

Currently Certified Partners


Athletic Trainer System (ATS) is a multi-team, multi-sport system used by athletic trainers in high schools, colleges, professional teams and organizations to track injuries and related information. Information is shared securely between all modules with no synchronizing required. ATS consists of four modules: ATS Core, ATS Smartphone, ATS Web Portal and ATS Kiosk. A full-featured demonstration is available for independent evaluation. We are glad to discuss the variety of options presented by our software and answer any questions about its features and functions.


Healthy Roster provides patient engagement, care coordination, secure communication and outreach tools for athletic trainers and sports medicine departments. HIPAA compliant and secure, we provide best-in-class engagement tools for healthcare providers working in the field.Healthy Roster provides athletic trainers with a dramatically better mobile, HIPAA-compliant, documentation and communication platform. This allows athletic trainers to provide better care to their athletes and prove value for sports medicine. Healthy Roster is the only injury documentation tool that allows athletic trainers to build deeper relationships with parents and prove school outreach works for their system.


SportsWareOnline has been the leading injury tracking solution for Athletic Trainers since 1991.  SportsWareOnline gives users instant access to vital athlete information from any web-enabled device, 24/7/365, allowing Athletic Trainers to track injuries and treatments in real time right from the sidelines.  The latest features (including the Quick Treatments Module, the Exercise Database, and Sideline Concussion Tracking apps) let Athletic Trainers spend less time on paperwork and more time taking care of their athletes.


Using Oracle-based state of the art technology, NExTT makes documenting, tracking and reporting easy and simple. NExTT has three distinctly different software packages. Each package performs a unique function, but all reside within the same database. This allows sharing of important information easily and securely with other medical providers on and off campus. Since NExTT is a web based software you can securely access your data from any device that has web access, allowing you to become mobile.

In addition to tracking, documenting and reporting, NExTT has special functions within each software that are unique for the target group.