SMART Program

The Sports Medicine Assessment of Risk Tendencies (SMART) Protocol is a proactive, cutting-edge approach to providing student-athletes with services they need to remain healthy and educated about their well-being. The goal of the program is to prevent, recognize, refer and respond to any health-related issues that impact the student-athlete population, and allow for better health and performance on and off the field of play.

The Sports Medicine Staff collaborates with members of Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS) and Student Life to provide a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary educational program for Carnegie Mellon University’s student-athlete population.  The educational sessions are made up of 4 topics: Nutrition, Drugs and Alcohol, Mental Health, and Sexual Assault. Speakers provide information about each topic and have open discussions to better engage the student athletes. The SMART program provides information and tools for the student athletes to make educated decisions when it comes to these areas.


"The SMART program helps to introduce teams to the resources available on campus. The seminars show us how we can deal with a wide range of issues from homework and class conflicts to drug and alcohol use, through Carnegie Mellon University’s services for athletes." - Women's Swimming and Diving athlete, Kim Hochstedler
CaPS session Drugs and Alcohol session  


"I think the SMART programs are an essential series of meetings because they inform athletes on potential health risks, both mental and physical, and also challenge us to discuss difficult topics with our teammates." - Women's Basketball player, Lisa Murphy
Nutrition session with food samples Nutrition session