Concussion Assessment, Research and Education (CARE) Consortium
Concussion, also known as a mild traumatic brain injury or mTBI, is a fundamental concern facing military personnel, the sports medicine community, and society at large. Sport-related concussion (SRC) is recognized as a major public health issue worldwide, with increasing focus and concern among clinicians, researchers, athletic organizations and athletes themselves. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) have led the way in advancing the science of sport-related concussion for more than 20 years, supporting discoveries that have had a major influence on domestic and international guidelines for best practice in the evaluation, management and prevention of concussion.
In keeping with the identified priorities of the NCAA and DoD, which emphasize a collaborative team approach and broad representation of NCAA member institutions, the Concussion Assessment, Research and Education (CARE) Consortium was established to serve as the scientific and operational framework for the NCAA-DoD public-private partnership known as the Grand Alliance.
Led by IU School of Medicine in collaboration with the University of Michigan and the Medical College of Wisconsin, the CARE Consortium involves student athletes and cadets from 30 universities and military service academies from across the U.S. to facilitate a deeper understanding of concussion injuries and the development of education programs designed to change the culture of concussion reporting and management. This three-year, $30 million study marks the most comprehensive investigation of sport-related concussion research conducted to date.