MomsTEAM has consistently supported athletic trainers' groups, both at the national (NATA) and state level, in their efforts to improve youth sports safety, both through education and by advocating for ATs in every high school (less than half of U.S. high schools have an AT on staff, although the percentages vary dramatically from state to state).
One of the most active athletic trainers' association at the state level is in New Jersey, which was the first state to require by law that coaches receive safety training, is among the 40 states that have enacted strong youth concussion safety laws, and has been a leader in advocating for academic accommodations for concussed student-athletes.
On Wednesday, August 1, 2012, the Athletic Trainers Society of New Jersey will be hosting its 3rd Annual Sports Safety Summit at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The day long educational meeting features a nationally recognized faculty. Among the important topics to be discussed will be:
- Considerations for the pediatric athlete with concussion
- Evaluating the concussed athlete
- Alternative treatment of concussion
- Neurocognitive testing considerations
- Preventing sudden cardiac death in athletes
- Skin cancer concerns for the athlete
- Heat illness and acclimatization; and
- Adolescent overuse injuries.
MomsTEAM supports the educational efforts by groups such as the ATSNJ, and, for those physicians, ATs, and coaches in New Jersey who are able to attend, we encourage you to do so.
For those who can't attend the meeting, it will be broadcast LIVE via a video webcast on ConcussionTV. This broadcast is FREE and will be archived to their site for one year for follow up viewing.
For further information, please click here.
Brooke de Lench is the Founder and Publisher of MomsTEAM.com and the author of Home Team Advantage: The Critical Role of Mothers in Youth Sports (HarperCollins), now available as an e-book on Amazon.com.