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The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) has funded the NCCSIR and the Consortium to conduct a 2-year research study “Detailed Epidemiology of Selected Characteristics of Catastrophic Injuries.”  The purpose of this study is to enhance our understanding of sports-related catastrophic injuries through expanded surveillance.  The aims of this study are to: 1) collect detailed data on equipment, clothing, surface, and environmental characteristics, 2) acquire and archive the actual equipment and clothing for these events and, 3) for head/neck events, acquire and archive pertinent medical records and imaging.  An investigative model, built on pre-existing methods, for gathering this information and acquiring these items is being developed.