April is Youth Sports Safety Month. Athlete Intelligence is committed to making sure our youngest athletes are safe and protected. As part of our commitment, Athlete Intelligence will be posting a series of articles and resources to help young athletes play smarter and play safer. Here are seven online resources to give you information and tips about youth sports safety.
The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) is an organization made up of people in the youth sports industry, and serves more than 60,000,000 boys and girls registered in organized youth sports programs. On their website they have a page full of educational information and links relating to the safety of youth athletes.
The National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute (NYSHSI), a partnership between American College of Sports Medicine Sanford, boasts “toolkit” pages on youth sports safety for Kids, Adults, and Coaches, covering everything from sports trauma, nutrition, youth athlete development, and emergency action plans.
Since 2010, the Youth Sports Safety Alliance (YSSA), convened by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, have worked to raise awareness, advance legislation and improve medical care for young athletes across the country. The organization offers summits, an online archive of informational newsletters, a database of youth athletes in memoriam, and a directory to Alliance members.
The CDC has a comprehensive page of resources for more information on youth sports safety—especially concussions. This includes separate pages for kids, parents, coaches, and sports officials, a guide to seeking direct medical attention, and a free online concussion training course.
STOP (Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention) Sports Injuries was created by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and is a comprehensive public outreach program focusing on the importance of sports safety—specifically relating to overuse and trauma injuries. In addition to tip sheets on how to prevent injuries in specific sports, there is also a “Find A Specialist” guide.
Safe Kids Worldwide is a widely-cited nonprofit organization working to help families and communities keep kids safe from injuries. Their Sports And Play page has a tremendous wealth of tip sheets, videoes, infographics, guides, checklists, and research reports on youth sports safety.
MomsTeam offers a complete resource guide to parents and coaches on youth sports safety, with special concentrations on Concussion and Hydration safety. These resources are presented in many specific categories, including types of sport, types of injury, nutrition, and how to be an amazing sports parent.
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