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Sports Safety Blog

For many kids, back to school means back to sports. Youth sports are, and should always be, a valuable experience, filled with challenges, competition and fun. But too many kids are stuck on the sidelines because of an injury that is preventable. In 2013, 1.24 million kids sustained a sports injury severe enough to go to the emergency room.

We conducted a survey of parents, coaches and young athletes to explore how the current culture of sports may be leading to unnecessary injuries, and how that culture needs to change.

It Your Day, Dads

Last month we paid tribute to our moms by sharing some wonderful memories. Well, dads, now it’s your turn.

I think my dad is a superhero, even at age 85. Growing up, I thought he was the smartest, most handsome father and I always felt so proud of him and what he did.

Teen Driver Video

Learning to drive is a serious issue – for teens and parents. Driving brings new freedom but there are also risks, risks that led to 2,439 teens deaths in 2012. Car crashes are the number one killer of teens.

But what about the stories behind the statistics? What are teen drivers and passengers thinking, what makes them feel unsafe and what can we do about it?

White House Sports Summit

Yesterday I had the honor of attending the White House Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit with President Obama. Why is this issue so important that the President hosted a summit? Too many kids are being kept from playing the games they love because of injuries that we can predict and prevent.

Call 911 if you see a child alone in a car.

Have you ever wondered if your actions can really make a difference? Last summer in Houston, Jason Nordman was walking in the parking lot outside an office building and spotted a baby crying in a car seat alone in a car. The windows were cracked a few inches and the doors were locked.

Chris Clark at Safe Kids Day LA

Chris Clark is one of the top professional stunt cyclists in the country. I recently watched him perform on consecutive weekends at Safe Kids Day events in Los Angeles and New York. Kids of all ages marveled as he fearlessly jumped over ramps, hopped from obstacle to obstacle on just his back tire and performed stunts that took our breath away.

Kate Carr's Mom

Mother’s Day is here and it’s a perfect time to pay tribute to all the moms who have done so much to help us grow into the people we are today.

My mom, who just turned 80, has been on my mind recently. I have so many wonderful memories. And of course, like most of us, even some not-so-good memories during my teenage years. Sorry mom, I wasn’t always charming and easy.

Mother and Baby Share a Kiss

Last month in our monthly newsletter, we asked you to “tell us something good.” Well, there must be a lot of good in the world because the e-mails kept coming. It was too much fun to keep to ourselves so we decided to share them all. Hope they make you smile, too.

Becca and her son Thomas who was injured in a window fall

This may seem counterintuitive for a parent to even consider, but how much safety is too much? Where do we draw the line between keeping our kids safe and giving them the autonomy to explore?

The truth is, we can do both.

Safety and freedom are not mutually exclusive. In fact, they are both essential to creating an environment in which children thrive.

Recycle your TV to keep your kids safe

On April 3, 2012, shortly after dinner, a beautiful, curious 2-year-old little girl named Chance was playing around in her house. While running back and forth between bedrooms, she yelled to her mom, "I love you, mama." Her mom, Keisha, replied, "I love you too, Chance."

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