This project provides education around recognizing, managing and preventing sports-related injuries to parents, coaches, educators and athletes. It offers educational resources and workshops on: 1) Concussion Prevention and Recognition; 2) Preventing Dehydration and Heat-related Conditions; 3) Nutrition in Sports Management and 4) Recognizing, Preventing and Managing Musculoskeletal Injuries. Through appropriate education, youth athletes will be better positioned for safety and success.
Youth sports injuries have reached an epidemic level. Reports indicate that sports-related injuries account for nearly 8,000 ER visits daily -- 2.9M per year -- and about 50 fatalities annually. The National Athletic Trainers' Association and CDC reveal that per year: forty-eight youths die as the result of sports injuries, high school athletes sustain 300,000 head injuries, 90 percent are concussions, and high school athletes account for 500,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations.
This projects focuses on raising the bar for safety in youth sports. This project delivers educational workshops and supplementary resources to communities nationwide. Through these activities, parents, coaches, educators and athletes gain access to the latest methods for recognizing, managing and preventing sports-related injuries. This project empowers its audience with information that will lead to a safer and more successful experience for youth athletes.
Through education, this project can reduce the number of sports-related injuries among youth athletes. It draws upon the expertise of a multidisciplinary advisory board to ensure its education is credible and supportive of an athlete's overall experience. The positive aspects of sports greatly outweigh the negatives that are associated with participation. As this project's education is shared nationwide, the panic-stricken thoughts around safety will subside.