Injury Prevention

SmartTeams Talk Short: "Buy In " Needed From Coaches To Improve Sports Injury Prevention Says Nationwide Children's MacDonald

A leading pediatric sports medicine specialist says a better job needs to be done to get high school and youth coaches to "buy into" injury prevention, through increased education, physical follow-up, and providing web-based monitoring.

SmartTeams™ Talks: Dr. Tamara Valovich McLeod Introduces The SmartTeams Program

Tamara C. Valovich McLeod, Ph.D., ATC, FNATA, Chair of the Sports Medicine and Athletic Training Program at A.T. Still University, provides an overview of the SmartTeams program which implemented best youth sports health and safety practices in six pilot programs around the country in the fall of 2014.

SmartTeams™ Talks: Boston Children's Lyle Micheli Says Sports Injury Prevention At Youth Level Should Be A Priority

The godfather of modern sports medicine injury prevention and treatment, Boston Children's Dr. Lyle Micheli, provides a fascinating overview of the history of sports medicine from ancient Greece to modern times, and says that if there is one population we should try to keep safe and healthy it is youth athletes.

SmartTeams Talk Short: Address Sleep Deprivation In Youth Athletes To Reduce Injury Risk, Say Drs. Hainline and MacDonald

In their SmartTeams Talks, both Drs. Brian Hainline and Dr. Jim MacDonald said sleep deprivation among youth athletes needs to be addressed to reduce sports injury risk.

SmartTeams™ Talk: Nationwide Children's MacDonald Urges Multi-Pronged Public Health Approach To Preventing Youth Sports Injuries

A pediatric sports medicine specialist says that to prevent youth sports injuries we need to "think like Sweden" in setting as a goal zero youth sports injuries; use protective equipment such as properly fitted and maintained helmets, mouthguards, and goggles; and recognize that education is not enough to change the cultural and physical environment of youth sports, but requires active implementation of sports safety best practices at the grass roots level.

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.

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.
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