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Five Commonly Used Sports Medicine Tests and Procedures Parents Should Question

The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) has released a list of five tests and procedures that are commonly ordered but not always necessary in sports medicine, to facilitate conversations between patients and physicians about what care is really necessary.

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.

Only One in Four Adolescents Meet Physical Activity Guidelines

Only about a quarter of youth aged 12 to 15 years get the 60 minutes per day of moderate-to-vigorous exercise recommended in the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines, finds a new study.

Teen Athletes at Risk for Medication Misuse

Teen athletes derive many positive benefits from participating in sports, but their increased risk of sports-related injuries may also heighten their risk for medication misuse and abuse, especially for boys, finds a recent study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

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.

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.

Student-Athletes' Bill of Rights Offered As Resolution in U.S. House of Representatives

The Secondary School Student Athletes' Bill of Rights has been introduced as House Resolution 72 (H. Res. 72) by Congressman Jim Gerlach of Pennsylvania. The bill is based on a bill of rights created by the Youth Sports Safety Alliance, an organization committed to keeping young athletes safe founded by the National Athletic Trainers' Association which now counts more than 100 organizations (including MomsTEAM) as members.

More Sleep Linked To Improved Alertness, Behavior in Children

A little more sleep helps children ages 7 to 11 stay more alert and be less restless and impulsive in school, says a new study in the journal Pediatrics.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Tops List of Healthiest, Fittest Metro Areas

For the first time, Minneapolis-St. Paul is the healthiest, fittest metropolitan area in the United States, according to the American College of Sports Medicine's (ACSM) annual American Fitness IndexTM (AFI).

NATA Issues 2010 Report Card on Youth Sports Safety

With the support of 40 sports and health organizations, including MomsTeam.com, the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) has issued a C+ grade on youth sports safety for 2010, reporting that 48 young athletes died since the beginning of the year, with sudden cardiac arrest accounting for nearly half of those deaths, brain injury (concussion) for three, heat illness three, and exertional sickling (a result of sickle cell trait) one. Approximately 8,000 children are treated in emergency rooms each day for sports-related injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, high school athletes suffer 2 million injuries, 500,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations each year.
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