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Sports Safety

Sports is an important part of today’s youth. It provides positive development both physically and mentally while being fun and challenging at the same time. More than 38 million children and adolescents participate in sports each year in the U.S and more than 3.5 million of those aged 14 and under receive medical treatment for sports injuries. 

The following are resources available for parents, sports professionals, and youth to educate and prevent sports injuries in children and adolescents. Resources are constantly being updated.
Fact Sheets/Tips/Flyers
Path to the Student-Athlete Experience
Safety and Injury
Learn how to keep yourself safe
Sports Benefits
When it is appropriate, and how to stay safe
Three interrelated and sport-related female conditions
Student Athlete Leadership Conference Series
Suggested Nutrition for Student Athletes
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Insitiute provides a healthy recipe book that can be downloaded 
Importance of cardiac health
Information on sexual abuse in sports, and tips for parents
How drugs and alcohol can damage one's sports career
Fixing the problem of lack disability sports programs  
What you need to know about steroids
Recognizing the signs of a concussion and how to treat it  
Keep stress levels low
Internet Sites
Youth Sports Safety Alliance
Organizations committed to the prevention of catastrophic injuries and death in young athletes
Safe Kids USA
A global organization dedicated to protecting kids from unintentional injuries, the number one cause of death to children in the United States
Youth Sports Research Council
Training courses ran through Rutgers University to educate Volunteer Coaches, youth sport parents, and league administrators
Nassau County Police-run youth clubs that provides sports, crafts, educational and other programs of a team and individual nature for all boys and girls in Nassau County, N.Y. regardless of race, religion, income or disability
PAL Special Needs Programs
Play Healthy
Educating families on the risks of steroids and performance-enhancing substances and recognizing youth coaches and student athletes who embody the spirit of teamwork and healthy, drug-free competition
Stop Sports Injuries
Stressing the importance of sports safety-specifically relating to overuse and trauma injuries; raising awareness and providing education on injury reduction
YourChild: Development and Behavior Resources
Website for parents on children's' development and behavior and linking parents with support groups, agencies, organizations, and other resources
National Alliance for Youth Sports
America's leading advocate for positive and safe sports for children- provides programs, services and a variety of resources for volunteer coaches, administrators, officials and parents of young athletes to help ensure that everyone’s experience is memorable for all the right reasons
National Council of Youth Sports
Advocacy in promoting safe environments and healthy lifestyles for stronger neighborhoods and communities
National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute 
Dedicated to being the recognized leader and advocate for advancing and disseminating the latest research and evidence-based education, recommendations and policy to enhance the experience, development, health and safety of our youth in sports
Kids Health
The most-visited site on the Web for information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years
Helps manage all aspects of sports organization
The American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine
Orthopedic surgeons and other physicians helping weekend warriors cope with the effects of aging, team doctors ensuring health and safety at all levels of sport and researchers working to help athletes prevent and manage injury
Be Active, Eat Healthy, Play Together- see how you match up to the NBA Pros 

Practice on and off the field
Legal and ethical responsibilities of a coach
Study in overtraining in young athletes
Risk factors and resources for sports injuries
What to look for
Importance of increasing knowledge on steroids for young adults
The history of sports psychology
Importance of equal opportunity
Sudden death in young people-due to heart problems 
Importance of heart care
Increasing training in handling sudden cardiac arrests
Preventing health-risk behaviors in young people before adulthood
The hazing problem in sports
What to do once you have a concussion
Sports concussion statistics for high school sports
Take the proper precautions

Media Materials
Easy steps to prevent injury
Do not give in to the pressure
Resources for education
Basic facts and when to seek medical attention
The role of mental training in prevention

News Coverage