Overview of the Pac-12 Student-Athlete Health and Well-Being Initiative
Created in 2013, the Pac-12 Student-Athlete Health and Well-Being Initiative is a collective effort between the conference and our member universities to find ways to reduce injuries, share current best practices and latest studies, and conduct research to uncover new ways to keep student-athletes as safe as possible. Student-athlete health and safety is paramount to the Pac-12 and the Conference has taken a proactive approach to ensure the safety of its student-athletes. This initiative harnesses the full resources of the Pac-12's research institutions for the benefit of our student-athletes, and includes a research grant program, a Brain Trauma Task Force, and an annual Student-Athlete Health Conference.
Through the Pac-12 Grant Program, the Pac-12 offers research funding to support the advancement of Pac-12 student-athlete health and well-being and has made it a priority to research and develop best practices for general improvements in these areas. The Pac-12 Conference has committed approximately $3,600,000 per year in research grants for projects at Pac-12 institutions designed to improve the health, general well-being, and safety of student-athletes at all Conference member institutions. Partners who are interested in collaborating in Pac-12 supported research projects should contact university staff directly or the Pac-12 Conference to find possible research partners. Specific topics of interest to the Pac-12 member institutions include:
- Head Trauma
- Mental Health
- Overuse Injuries/Injury Prevention
- Temperature matters (heat/cold)/Hydration
- Emergency Care Planning/Prevention of Emergent Medical Events
The Pac-12 Brain Trauma Task Force advises the Pac-12 Conference on brain health, awareness of injury risk, and trauma care across all collegiate sports. The task force also reviews injury trends, new technology, and ongoing studies for all Pac-12 sports.
The Pac-12 hosts an annual Student-Athlete Health Conference which serves as a forum for doctors and medical trainers from Pac-12 institutions to share best practices, review ongoing research studies, evaluate Pac-12 policies, and discuss other aspects of the Pac-12 Student-Athlete Health and Well-Being Initiative. This meeting also features speakers and programs that advance collaboration between all 12 universities and establish an official process for implementing recommendations put forth by the conference.