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The National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research (NCCSIR) tracks and conducts research on severe sports injuries and illnesses in the United States. Decisions about rule changes and equipment changes are informed by these data.

We monitor, and may investigate, reports of catastrophic sports injuries submitted by the general public. Anyone can report a catastrophic injury or illness event to us.

We aim to monitor all of the above events at all level of any sport or physical activity. However, our primary focus is on events occurring in middle school, high school, collegiate, and professional athletes. Additionally, we monitor any sudden cardiac arrest or sudden cardiac death in a student-athlete (even if not directly related to athletics).

To learn more about the NCCSIR and the Consortium click here: nccsir.unc.edu/consortia-and-partners

Catastrophic injuries are defined as: fatalities, permanent disability injuries, serious injuries (fractured neck or serious head injury) even though the athlete has a full recovery, temporary or transient paralysis (athlete has no movement for a short time, but has a complete recovery), heat stroke due to exercise, sickle-cell trait associated collapse, sudden cardiac arrest/death, commotio cordis, or severe acquired cardiac illness.

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