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In May 2013, my eleven year-old son Giovanni was pitching for his little league baseball team in Staten Island, New York. It was the bottom of the fifth inning. He had already struck out two batters and the third batter, about a foot taller than my son, was on deck. Giovanni’s first pitch went right down the middle of the plate. The batter swung and hit, and the ball hit my son in the face.

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.

ssports safety landing blog

There’s nothing that feels worse for young athletes than getting hurt and having to sit on the sidelines while their team goes on to victory. Our new report, “Changing the Culture of Youth Sports,” explores how the culture of youth sports may be keeping kids out of the game. Here's a look at what parents, coaches and athletes need to know.

Brie Boothby

"In a moment my life changed forever. I went from a highly-motivated and optimistic teenage athlete to an anxious girl plagued with constant headaches struggling just to get through a day."

Brie was a healthy high school athlete until an injury during a game left her with a concussion that changed her life.

Capital Hill Sports Event

On June 25, a panel of five experts participated in sports safety briefing on Capitol Hill hosted by Safe Kids Worldwide and the Congressional Kids' Safety Caucus. 

Why I love the World Cup

Every four years, right around this time of year, I start getting incredibly excited about what I think is the greatest sporting event of them all: The World Cup.

If you’re really into the World Cup like I am, this is also the perfect time to spend some quality time with your family and friends. Here are a few ideas for some things you can do with your kids to make the World Cup a little more fun.

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.

Boy playing Baseball during Sports Safety Month

Did you know that in 2012, 1.35 million children were seen in emergency departments for a sport-related injury? And every 3 minutes, a child is seen for a sport-related concussion.

Injured teen illustrates the need for concussion safety

This month the Brain Injury Association of America will mark Brain Injury Awareness Month. Each year 2.4 million Americans sustain brain injuries including 475,000 children. About 75% of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) that occur each year are concussions or other forms of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI).

Teen baseball player

Our partners at the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) recently released new guidelines about overuse injuries and burnout in youth athletes. Safe Kids had the chance to talk with Dr. John P.

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