Student Health and Well-Being

Protecting the Student-Athlete

The health and well-being of student-athletes is at the very heart of the NCAA’s purpose and mission. The NCAA was originally founded in 1906 to enforce new regulations that would make college sports safer for students. Since then, the Association has aimed to protect the student-athletes—through safety regulations, financial support, guidelines for universities, and more.

Throughout his career at the NCAA, Myles Brand embodied that commitment to student-athletes, always ensuring that their well-being was their highest priority. He helped make the NCAA more open and responsive to student needs and concerns. He expanded the scope of the NCAA’s mission to include Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, and he defended all underrepresented and minority student-athletes against injustice.

In fact, Brand’s academic reform plan was largely rooted in protecting the student-athletes’ right to be students. Brand knew that an unhealthy work-life balance could lead to slipping academics and difficulty graduating, which is why the NCAA needed to emphasize a balance between academics and athletics. Brand’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) helped the NCAA hold universities accountable for their student-athletes’ success.

As Brand described in his very first NCAA State of the Association Address, “Our reform goal should be enhancing the academic and developmental environment necessary for the full success of student-athletes. In the end, it is all about the student-athlete.”

While the majority of his work emphasized the educational aspects of student-athlete well-being, Brand also spoke directly about various health-related issues and other student-athlete concerns about their experiences in collegiate athletics.

Student Health and Well-Being

“The Myths of College Sports: Debunking the Four Great Commonly Held Misperceptions About Intercollegiate Athletics,” NCAA State of the Association delivered at 2005 NCAA Convention

January 8, 2005


“Show Colleges the Money; University Sports in Need of Some Commercialism,” Chicago Tribune

April 6, 2005


“Putting the ‘Student’ Back into Student Athlete,” Black Issues in Higher Education, 22:4, pp. 28-30, by Kendra Hamilton

April 7, 2005


“NBA Plan Closes Door to College for Some,” Indianapolis Star

July 3, 2005


“The Business of College Sports,” The Commonwealth, 99:16, pp. 15-18

August 15, 2005


“The Role and Value of Intercollegiate Athletics in Universities,” Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 33:1, pp. 9-20

January 1, 2006


“Myles Brand,” Views from the Presidency: Leadership in Higher Education, pp. 56-85, Francis L. Lawrence

January 1, 2006


“The Principles of Intercollegiate Athletics,” NCAA State of the Association delivered at 2006 NCAA Convention

January 16, 2006


“The Conversation: IMM & Myles Brand,” Indy Men’s Magazine, pp. 44-51

March 1, 2006


Mondays with Myles: Episode 13 – Transfer Rules

May 1, 2006