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In 2009, Safe Kids joined forces with founding sponsor Johnson & Johnson to create the Safe Kids Youth Sports Safety Program, which had a simple vision: To keep kids active, healthy and injury free.
Safe Kids works with more than 200 Safe Kids coalitions across the country to hold free youth sports safety clinics for coaches, parents, young athletes and league organizers. The clinics provide the knowledge and skills essential to preventing sports injuries and emergencies in young athletes. The content for the clinics is based on relevant information and tools to combat the most common and severe injuries in sports today, including acute and overuse injuries, dehydration and concussion.
We also work with parents and community leaders to urge school boards to adopt best practices and guidelines to address all sporting injuries among their student-athletes. Learn more, including easy-to-use tools for families and youth sports teams.
The program includes Sports Safety Week, a national campaign to raise public awareness about the power of prevention and preparation in youth sports.
Since the inception of the program in 2010, we have reached more than 216,000 parents, coaches and kids with key information they need to stay active and safe. We have provided grants to more than 385 coalitions, who have held more than 824 clinics and awareness events to increase the knowledge and awareness of sports injury prevention.
Around the World
While the Safe Kids Sports Safety Program is making great strides across the United States, we are working to expand our clinic program and awareness campaign around the world. For example, the Olympic Games and the World Cup are tremendous opportunities to share the message of youth sports safety as well as childhood injury prevention.