Program Safety

High School Athletic Directors Face Numerous Obstacles In Hiring Athletic Trainers, Study Finds

Athletic directors at the thirty percent of U.S. high schools lacking access to athletic trainers identify lack of AD hiring authority, budgetary constraints and non-budget factors, including rural location, misconceptions about an AT's role, and community interference, as barriers to hiring athletic trainers, a new study published in the Journal of Athletic Training reveals.

Texas Youth Football Program: Ten Ways It Is Walking The Talk On Safety

Participation in youth sports in general, and in youth football in particular, is on the decline in some parts of the nation.  One of the biggest factors driving the decline is a concern about injuries. 

Lots of youth sports programs say they want to improve safety, but how many are actually making the effort to implement best health and safety practices?

Lots of youth sports programs say they want to improve safety, but how many are actually making the effort to implement best health and safety practices? I can't speak for every program, but I know one that is definitely walking the talk: the youth tackle and flag football and cheer program in Grand Prairie, Texas, where I spent the first week of August educating and training kids, parents, coaches, and administrators on ways to make football safer as part of MomsTEAM Institute's SmartTeams| UNICEF International Safeguards of Children in Sports project.

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.

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.

Call "Time Out" Before Sports To Ensure Player Safety, Athletic Trainer Group Says

With preseason practices now underway and the start of fall sports around the corner, MomsTEAM, along with the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), recommends that athletic health care providers conduct a "Time Out" before athletic events to ensure that an emergency action plan (EAP) is reviewed and in place.

Youth Sports Safety Has Not Kept Pace With Increased Participation, Laments Micheli

While organized youth sports participation has increased exponentially, both in the U.S. and around the world, safety has not kept pace, despite calls for instituting more safety programs, laments Lyle Micheli, M.D., Director, Division of Sports Medicine at Children's Hospital Boston.

Contact and Collision Sports Okay If Emphasis on Developing Protective Skills, Says Guskiewicz

Kevin Guskiewicz, PhD, ATC., argues that, while there are trade-offs, contact and collision sports are relatively safe for younger athletes as long as the coaching emphasis is on protective skill development. 

Moms Speaking Up for Sports Safety Should Be Applauded, Not Dismissed

There is a battle brewing at Laguna Beach High School in California. It involves protecting the safety of kids during sports, so you know which side I fall on. This is no different than hundreds of stories from across the country that that I get sent each month, but this caught my attention because it talked about a Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) infection which is a potentially fatal bacterium that too few sports parents know much about.  Artifiical turf end zone

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