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SmartTeams™ Talk: NCAA's Hainline Sees Overspecialization and Overuse Injuries As Signs of Broken Youth Sports Model

In a powerful SmartTeams Talk, the NCAA's Chief Medical Officer discusses two major NCAA-funded research studies on sport-related concussions and its efforts to address mental health issues among college athletes, and sees in the trend toward sports specialization and the overuse injury epidemic clear signs of a broken youth sports system.

SmartTeams Talk: Enacting Pro-Active Policies To Prevent Sudden Death in Youth Sports Is Challenging, Says UConn's Casa

The leading expert on sudden death of youth athletes argues that youth sports safety policies need to be developed and implemented by sports medicine professionals, not athletic administrators, and notes that the level of risk of catastrophic sports injury often depends on how a state athletic association responds to the death of athletes in their states.

SmartTeams Talk: Uncle Says Nephew's Death Playing High School Football Was Game-Changer

In an emotional video, the first in a series of SmartTeam talks filmed at MomsTEAM Institute's September 2014 sports safety summit, a California man recalls the 2001 death of his 17-year-old nephew from Second Impact Syndrome during a high school football game and how his search for answers became a game-changer.

NFHS Recommends Limits On Full-Contact Practices In High School Football

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has approved a set of nine recommendations developed by a 24-member task force for minimizing the risk of concussions and head impact exposure in high school football which will be implemented for the 2015 football season.

Is A Child's Headache The Day After A Football Game Cause For Concern? You Be The Judge


"Mom, I still have a headache." If you are a mom of a teenager, you probably hear them say that every day for various reasons. Life is tough when you are 13- or 14-years-old. You study too much, or you watch too much TV, or play too many video games. You get dehydrated from sports or just stressed by peers and hormones. You get headaches. Who knows why? A headache isn't a big deal, right? So why on this Wednesday morning did my son's announcement send an icy shiver down my spine? That he plays his 8th grade football games on Tuesday nights, that's why!

When her son announces that he still had a headache after his football game the night before, a Texas mom springs into action. Did she do the right thing? You be the judge.

Counting Pitches Can Save Young Players' Arms But Not Always Used Consistently

Guidelines on how many pitches young athletes should throw have been developed to stem the tide of overuse injuries, but many coaches are not following the recommendations consistently, according to a study presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2014 National Conference & Exhibition in San Diego.

SmartTeams Play Safe Summit, Pilot Programs, And "The Today Show" : It Was Quite The Week!

Today, I begin my blog again after taking the full summer off from writing.

The reason for my summer hiatus, at least from blogging, wasn't that I was relaxing on the beach or by the pool (oh, if only). 

No, it was because I was at my desk at MomsTEAM Institute working hard on two major initiatives: our inaugural SmartTeams Play Safe Summit at Harvard Medical School, and the launch of our six SmartTeam pilot projects.Brooke de Lench and Coach Bobby Hosea at Smart Teams Play Safe Summit

Today, Brooke de Lench begins blogging again after a summer off while she worked on two major initiatives: MomsTEAM Institute's inaugural SmartTeams Play Safe Summit at Harvard Medical School, and the launch of six SmartTeam pilot programs.

Concussion Education Best Practices: A Parent's Checklist

Virtually every state in the country now requires that parents and players receive some basic concussion safety information as a condition to participation. Here's a checklist of what experts say all parents need to know.

Preventing Back Pain In Children: Parents Can Help Kids Develop Healthy Spine Habits

Heavy school backpacks, lack of physical activity, and poor posture are all things that can contribute to back pain, so as children head back to school, here are some tips from a top orthopedic surgeon on how parents can help prevent their child from developing back pain.

SmartTeams Play Safe™ 2014 Summit To Present Health & Safety Best Practices

Harvard Medical School’s Joseph B. Martin Conference Center will be the site for a groundbreaking youth sports health and safety summit on Monday, September 15, 2014. Sponsored by MomsTEAM Institute, a leading youth sports health and safety think tank and watchdog group, the SmartTeams Play Safe™: Protecting the Health & Safety of the Whole Child In Youth Sports By Implementing Best Practices summit will feature a series of educational, "TED-talk"-style presentations by nationally-recognized clinicians, researchers and youth sports safety advocates.
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