The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is one of 283 members of the Youth Sports Safety Alliance. SCA Foundation president, Mary M. Newman, MS, was among the presenters at National Athletic Trainers Association and Youth Sports Safetly Alliance Summit on March 7th in Indianapolis. "Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in athletes during sport," she said.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN--In their ongoing commitment to sports safety for young athletes, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and Youth Sports Safety Alliance (YSSA) hosted today the eighth annual Youth Sports Safety Summit at NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis. Speakers focused on this year’s theme: "Less Risk, More Reward: Emphasizing Safety and Encouraging Success," with topics ranging from insurance risk in sport to same day return to play following concussion. Chris Herren, former NBA player with the Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets, discussed how he overcame substance abuse after struggling for the majority of his basketball career.
“This event continues to address vital issues with regard to youth sports safety and to provide essential guidelines to ensure the health and well-being of student athletes today,” said NATA President Scott Sailor, EdD, ATC. “It also provides a great opportunity for parent advocate groups among others in attendance to generate support, education and awareness. Our collective goal is to help reduce the risk of injury and provide a safe environment with best practices in place. We know parents are vital to our success.”
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A new document, The Inter-Association Task Force Document on Emergency Health and Safety: Best Practice Recommendations for Youth Sports Leagues, the first of its kind specific to youth sports, was released at the event and published online first today in the Journal of Athletic Training. These groundbreaking health and safety guidelines provide a roadmap for national governing bodies (NGBs) to ensure the best policies and procedures are in place to protect young athletes.
A speaker panel discussing the new guidelines was moderated by Will Carroll, formerly of Bleacher Report, ESPN and Baseball Prospectus and current contributor to All22.com. Experts sharing their insights included: NATA President Scott Sailor, EdD, ATC; Task Force Co-Chair Robert Huggins, PhD, ATC, vice president of Research, Athlete Performance and Safety, Korey Stringer Institute; John Jardine, MD, emergency room attending physician, Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, North Providence, Rhode Island; Ali Flury, sports safety program manager, Safe Kids Worldwide; and Mike Clayton, manager, National Coaches Education Program, USA Wrestling.
The daylong program included presentations on a wide range of sports health topics. NATA President Scott Sailor, EdD, ATC, and Brian Hainline, MD, senior vice president and chief medical officer, NCAA, provided introductory remarks and welcomed all guests. Attendees included parent advocates, school administrators, educators, health care professionals and others. Presentations are summarized below.
The event concluded with a Call to Action that included the following:
SOURCE: National Athletic Trainers Association