Injury Prevention

How to Improve Youth Sports Safety: Focus On Protecting The Whole Child

As a woman and mother fighting to keep kids safe playing sports for the past twenty-five years, MomsTEAM Founder, Brooke de Lench, knows that, just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes the involvement of every youth sports stakeholder to protect children at play from abuse, not just physical abuse, but emotional, psychological and sexual, and from sports injuries, many of which are preventable.

Preventing Youth Sports Injuries Begins Before First Practice

For the past 14 years, MomsTEAM has been working to educate parents on ways to keep their kids safe playing sports. One of the best ways to improve youth sports safety is to take steps to prevent injuries before the first practice.  Here's a checklist developed by the National Athletic Trainers' Association of 15 questions parents should ask their child's school or sports programs before they take them to their first practice, with links to related MomsTEAM content.

Toben Nelson: Raising Awareness About Link Between Sports Participation And Risk of Heavy Drinking

In recognition of April as National Youth Sports Safety Month, MomsTeam is again asking our friends in the medical, health, fitness, nutrition and athletic training communities to write blogs answering two questions: first, how or why did they get into their field, and second, how have they made a difference in the life of a youth athlete in the past year. 

Today, we hear from Toben Nelson, Associate Professor in the School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology & Community Health at the University of Minnesota.

By Toben F. Nelson, ScD

A professor of public health discusses the link between athletics and underage drinking and the role parents can play in protecting their children from the problems associated with excessive drinking by teen athletes.

Standardizing Preparticipation Physical Exams Is Goal Of New NATA Position Statement

A standardized process for conducting the preparticipation physical examination is needed to ensure a safe playing environment for athletes and to help identify those conditions that may predispose an athlete to injury or sudden death, says the National Athletic Trainers' Association in a new position statement.

Keeping Winter Sports Safe and Fun

With frigid temperatures and fresh snow blanketing the ground, winter has officially arrived, and with it come some thrilling seasonal sports. While careening over the snow and ice can be exhilarating, the cold temperatures, slippery surfaces and high speeds can contribute to a host of injuries, so let's take a few minutes to discuss some winter safety tips that will help your child soak up all the snowy fun safely.

Muscle Cramps: Common and Painful But Preventable

Almost every athlete (and, anyone reading this right now) has had muscle cramps at some point. Because they are so common, it is important to understand how they can happen with everyday activities, and that they there are a number of remedies to prevent and treat muscle cramps to reduce occurrence and intensity.

NATA Sets Guidelines For Managing Sports Injuries in High School and College Settings

The National Athletic Trainers' Association inter-association task force recommendations titled "Best Practices for Sports Medicine Management for Secondary Schools and Colleges." can be used by parents to evaluate whether their child's school is providing adequate sports medicine services for its athletes.

Safety Comes First, No Matter Sport or Season

The winter sports season is in full swing, and spring sports are a ways off, but safety comes first, no matter what the sport or the season. Here's a sixteen-point safety checklist to keep athletes in the game.

Eliminating Dangerous Hits Focus Of New High School Ice Hockey Rules

The National Federation of State High School Association has approved changes strengthening the language of rules on dangerous hits and to give game officials discretion to penalize a player who illegally hits another player from behind with a game misconduct if the hit is deemed flagrant.

NATA Launches Safe Sports School Award Program

The National Athletic Trainers' Association has launched the first-ever Safe Sports School award program to recognize secondary schools around the country that provide safe environments for student athletes and reinforce the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment.
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