Though the wheels on Capitol Hill don't turn as fast as Missy Franklin's arms in the water, the months are ticking down to a full-blown congressional investigation of allegations of sexual abuse by coaches in swimming and other amateur sports which fall under the umbrella of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).
This week's announcement that USA Swimming has commissioned an
"independent review" of its safe sport program is just the latest in a
series of chess moves by this U.S. Olympic Committee national governing
body in the run-up to a meeting next week with the staff of Congressman
George Miller, the California Democrat and ranking minority member of
the House Committee on Education and the Workforce who is investigating how the organization responds to sexual abuse allegations.
The Penn State scandal didn’t occur in youth sports. Yet, it is one of the rare occasions that sex abuse by coaches, which is a major problem in youth sports, got the type of national publicity that allowed the problem to penetrate the public consciousness.
The big question is whether we as a sports society are up to the task of doing to more to prevent future abuse.
As any parent of a competitive age-group swimmer knows, an indoor
pool tends to be a very hot and humid place even at the best of times.
Pack in all the competitors and spectators at a day-long meet and the
temperatures soar, with athletes in or around the pool losing fluids at a
high rate. Practices for competitive swimmers also tend to last
a long time, during which athletes not only burn a lot of calories but
lose a lot of water and electrolytes.
Reliable statistics on the incidence of sexual abuse by coaches in
youth sports are hard to come by, but the
how and why of sexual abuse by coaches are well-known. A leading sports and child psychiatrist offers prevention tips for parents and athletes.
A new study of college swimmers highlights the importance for high school swimmers of properly preparing for the transition into collegiate swimming through
strength training and gradual increases in yardage.
Each year, almost 150,000 swimming-related injuries are treated in
hospitals, doctors’ offices, clinics, ambulatory surgery centers and
hospital emergency rooms. Here are some tips on preventing swimming injuries.