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

Mondays with Myles: Episode 104 – DIII National Championships Festival

May 12, 2008



Mondays with Myles: Episode 106 – “Breeding” Athletes

May 26, 2008



Mondays with Myles: Episode 107 – Student-Athlete Development Conference

June 2, 2008



Mondays with Myles: Episode 108 – National Champions

June 9, 2008



“Pay for Play is Fine—But Not in College Sports,” Huffington Post

August 20, 2008


“Why the Fairness Argument on Pay for Play Isn’t a Fair Argument,” Huffington Post

September 12, 2008


“Don’t Let Facts Get in the Way of a Good Myth,” Huffington Post

October 15, 2008


“The ‘Dumb Jock’ Myth is Dumb,” Huffington Post

November 9, 2008


“Getting a Grip on Fan Behavior in College Sports,” Huffington Post

December 12, 2008


“Final Report of the NCAA Task Force on Commercial Activity in Division I Intercollegiate Athletics”

January 1, 2009