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entry.4 The NCAA has recently The NCAA and Datalys maintain a as data entry reporters. The
outsourced its ISS system to Datalys, tighter hold on the data and require database has been used for multiple
a national nonprofit organization research partners to go through epidemiologic studies. Dr. Comstock
which conducts injury research, a Web application process reviewed and her staff are available to partner
specific to injury surveillance and by both partners. Application for with potential researchers (see listing).
sport research. Datalys houses and Data Request forms are available Annual summary reports are available
manages the data which remains at www.disc.datalyscenter.org. online to the public. Researchers
the property of the NCAA. Datalys Applications are initially reviewed interested in more detailed data need
also works with other organizations, by Datalys and if approved sent to fill out a data utilization agreement
to provide injury surveillance data to NCAA for second level of with Dr. Comstock and research
information, including the Fairfax review. If approved NCAA data review and co-authorship is often
County Public School system 2004–2009 which is housed online utilized. Data can be pulled on
discussed on the next page. at DISC (Datalys Injury Statistics specific areas such as specific body
Clearinghouse) is made available. part, specific sporting activities or
David Klossner, NCAA Director Annual summary reports on individual other demographic data and can be
of Health and Safety, feels this sports are no longer provided to the sent to potential researches in SPSS
relationship has resulted in improved general public but are utilized within or SAS format. Small data queries
oversight and data integrity and will the NCAA. Example studies utilizing can be done by the RIO staff and
lead to improved collaboration and the NCAA ISS include: Head, face, RIO staff can also be subcontracted
data access in the future.5 AOSSM and eye injuries in scholastic and to work on specific projects.
leadership has also served on the collegiate lacrosse6 and comparing
Board of Directors for Datalys. the incidence of ACL injury in A potential weakness of the RIO
Datalys has recently instituted collegiate lacrosse, soccer, and system is that it is primarily an injury
a Web-based program for data basketball players: implications for surveillance data entry program and
entry which has streamlined the data ACL mechanism and prevention.7 it does not couple with the export
collection and entry process. A new type engines that Datalys and NCAA
addition is the concept of an export Center for Injury Research now allow. It currently provides
engine in which athletic trainers can and Policy RIO — Reporting information only on high school
download injury surveillance directly Information Online athletes but in the future will strive
from their existing commercial to look at elementary and middle
athletic training room software This is an Internet based surveillance school aged children. Examples
applications (see above). system under the direction of of studies utilizing the RIO ISS
Dr. Dawn Comstock at the include: Shoulder injuries in U.S.
Advantages of the NCAA Research Institute at the Nationwide high school baseball and softball
injury surveillance system is that Children’s Hospital in Columbus, athletes 2005–2008;8 A comparison
it is a long-standing system which Ohio. The RIO system was developed of high school sports injury
allows comparison of injury rates in 2004 and is currently the only surveillance data reporting by
and trends over a 10–20 year period. surveillance system of all time loss certified athletic trainers, coaches,
It has well-defined injury occurrence, injuries and a national sample of and athletes:9 Compliance with
severity, and exposure methodology. U.S. high school athletic teams. It return to play guidelines following
It is a nationally representative study has been designed to closely duplicate concussion in U.S. high school
of Division I, II and III NCAA schools the NCAA injury surveillance systems. athletes 2005–2008.10
and tracks a wide range of men’s High schools across the country are
and women’s sports. Disadvantages invited to participate on an annual Fairfax County Public School System
are that is only tracks athletes at the basis. Approximately 100 schools Injury Surveillance Database
intercollegiate level and it does not currently do so.
follow club, intramural or recreational This database has been run for the
athletes in the college setting. The database is used to describe past ten years under the direction
Currently there are some issues rates, patterns and trends of high of John Almquist in Falls Church,
with regard to ease of data access. school sport related injuries. It covers Virginia. Fairfax County, Virginia
Some databases such as NEISS both a wide range of both boys and has two certified athletic trainers at
are easily accessible on the Web. girls sports. It utilizes athletic trainers each of 25 high schools in the county.

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