National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research (NCCSIR)


As part of an ongoing collaboration with the NATA, NOCSAE, NCAA, and NFHS, KSI along with the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill and the University of Washington, have created a 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.

Not only does NCCSIR collect information about sport-related fatalities, those who survive catastrophic sport related injuries are also critical to the mission of NCCSIR.

KSI oversees the Exertional Division of NCCSIR, which examines all exertional and environment-related catastrophic sport injuries. These injuries include but are not limited to: Exertional Heat Stroke (EHS), Exertional Sickling, Exertional Hyponatremia, Lightning injuries and/or death, and all other non-traumatic deaths.  Data from this research will be used to critically examine existing policies and provide better safety standards for youth sports, secondary school athletics, and collegiate athletics.

If you have information about a sport-related catastrophic injury, we encourage you to report it to NCCSIR. Please visit to file a report. All reports are confidential.


NCCSIR Organization


The Consortium for Catastrophic Injury Monitoring in Sport (Consortium) was created to develop a stronger national active surveillance program to improve reporting and monitoring of these catastrophic sports injuries.  The Consortium was created by partnerships between NCCSIR and several different intuitions and programs. It is divided into three research divisions – Division on Traumatic Injury at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Division on Exertional Injury at The University of Connecticut, and the Division on Cardiac Injury in Sport at The University of Washington. There are five Consortium research partners—Boston UniversityDatalys Center, the High School RIO:Reporting Information Online at The University of Colorado, the Injury Prevention Research Center at UNC-Chapel Hill, and the University of Maryland. The activities of NCCSIR and the Consortium is funded by five national organizations — including the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE), and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM).