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Improvements In Youth Sports Safety Seen At State Level, But Work Remains

Statistics released by the National Athletic Trainers' Association in March 2016 show improvement in the number of states that have adopted best practices in three major areas of sports safety, but that safety gaps persist.

Texas Youth Football Program: Ten Ways It Is Walking The Talk On Safety

Participation in youth sports in general, and in youth football in particular, is on the decline in some parts of the nation.  One of the biggest factors driving the decline is a concern about injuries. 

Lots of youth sports programs say they want to improve safety, but how many are actually making the effort to implement best health and safety practices?

Lots of youth sports programs say they want to improve safety, but how many are actually making the effort to implement best health and safety practices? I can't speak for every program, but I know one that is definitely walking the talk: the youth tackle and flag football and cheer program in Grand Prairie, Texas, where I spent the first week of August educating and training kids, parents, coaches, and administrators on ways to make football safer as part of MomsTEAM Institute's SmartTeams| UNICEF International Safeguards of Children in Sports project.

Lightning Safety Policies: Every Club Or League Needs One

Lightning is the most dangerous and frequently encountered thunderstorm hazard that people experience every year, consistently ranking among the top 2 causes of storm-related deaths in the United States. A new position statement from the National Athletic Trainer's Association contains comprehensive recommendations about ways to minimize risk and incidence of injury.

Safety Comes First, No Matter Sport or Season

The winter sports season is in full swing, and spring sports are a ways off, but safety comes first, no matter what the sport or the season. Here's a sixteen-point safety checklist to keep athletes in the game.

Call "Time Out" Before Sports To Ensure Player Safety, Athletic Trainer Group Says

With preseason practices now underway and the start of fall sports around the corner, MomsTEAM, along with the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), recommends that athletic health care providers conduct a "Time Out" before athletic events to ensure that an emergency action plan (EAP) is reviewed and in place.

Emergency Action Plan: Essential For Youth Sports Safety

An emergency medical plan should include an established set of actions to follow in the event of a medical emergency during a youth sports practice or game.

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