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Safe Kids Week Spotlights Youth Sports Safety
Coaching Our Kids to Fewer Injuries: A Report on Youth Sports Safety, a national survey commissioned by Safe Kids Worldwide and Johnson & Johnson, reveals misperceptions and uninformed behaviors are all too common, resulting in overuse injuries, dehydration, concussions or worse. For example:
How-To Hold Sports Safety Clinics in Your District
In cooperation with the co-chairs of the Congressional Kids' Safety Caucus:
This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post.
In his State of the Union address, President Obama precisely described the mission of Safe Kids Worldwide and the cause that gives us passion. He said that we must protect "our most precious resource, our children," by "saving the world's children from preventable deaths."
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. DiFiori, the lead author and President of AMSSM, about why AMSSM tackled this issue, how overuse injuries can stop kids from reaching their full potential and how parents, coaches and young athletes can avoid overuse injuries and burnout.
With all of the attention in the news on concussions in sports, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Football League have partnered with a group of sports entities and equipment manufacturers to create a football safety and helmet replacement program for youth in underserved communities in several key markets.
Politicians are not the only ones in our lives for whom the trust of the people is a defining value. Having been a coach for more than 40 years, I know that the men and women in my profession are among them, too. A coach may spend more time with a young athlete in a day than a parent, and parents have put a great deal of confidence in us. It’s our job to create a safe harbor where parents feel they need not worry about whether their kids will be safe playing competitive sports.
We are now in the thick of the fall sports and recreation season. Last year, 46 million kids played some form of team sports. As we keep a keen eye on the games, we also know we need to keep an eye on keeping our kids safe. We know bumps and bruises are going to happen, but there are things we can do to prevent more serious injuries, and even deaths, that will keep our kids from playing the games they love.