By Brooke de Lench
When the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation was formed in 1989, its mission was to provide information on the prevention of youth sports injuries. The non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation was founded in Massachusetts by Rita Glassman after her young daughter Michelle suffered a severe back injury that ended her tennis career. Rita was the first to designate April as National Youth Sports Safety Month, which MomsTeam has been celebrating every year since 2001.
In recognition of the efforts so many make to making youth sports safer, MomsTeam has invited experts in the sports medicine field to contribute to a month-long special blog project called simply, April Is National Youth Sports Safety Month.