Learn more and help educate others on important sports safety topics with these valuable resources.
THE BENEFITS OF YOUTH SPORTS
Discover the research-backed benefits of playing sports inside and outside of the classroom. Benefits of Participating in High School Sports (pdf)
YOUTH SPORTS INJURY PREVALENCE
Every 25 seconds a child visits the emergency room for a sports related injury and other related statistics. Prevalence of Youth Sports Injuries (pdf)
REDUCING YOUR RISK OF YOUTH SPORTS INJURIES
According to the CDC, many sports-related injuries are predictable and preventable. Learn how you can reduce your risk of injury. Reduce Your Risk of Youth Sports Injuries (pdf)
ABOUT ATHLETIC TRAINERS
Athletic trainers are health care professionals who help provide a safer approach to work, life and sport. ONE-THIRD of athletes in secondary schools participate without the life-saving health care from an AT.
THE VALUE OF ATHLETIC TRAINERS
Athletic trainers employed in the secondary school setting provide substantial value for their schools, patients, parents and communities. The Value of Secondary School Athletic Trainers (pdf)
WHO ARE ATHLETIC TRAINERS?
INTRODUCTION TO AT YOUR OWN RISK
INJURIES & CONDITIONS
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the most commonly injured knee ligaments. Here are 10 things to know about ACL Injury. (pdf)
Learn some of the signs and symptoms associated with concussion as well as how to recover from them. NATA Infographic: “Concussion Infographic Handout”.(pdf)
EXTREME ENVIRONMENTAL ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS
Learn the symptoms for and what to do about hypothermia, frostbite, chilblain and immersion foot. NATA infographic “Coldweather handout”. (pdf)
Learn the signs of minor heat illness and exertional heat stroke as well as recommendations to reduce your risk of each. NATA Infographic: “Hydration and Heat Illness Handout”. (pdf)
What causes overuse injuries in youth athletes and how do you prevent them? NATA infographic “The risk of overuse injuries”. (pdf)
SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST (SCA)
What is sudden cardiac arrest? What are some of its causes? How can your school best prepare for cardiac emergencies? These questions and more are all answered in NATA’s Matters of the Heart. NATA Infographic “Matters of the Heart”.(pdf)
While these terms are often used interchangeably, they are fundamentally different. Learn more about the differences between a cardiac arrest and a heart attack and what to do when they occur. AHA Infographic “Cardiac Arrest v Heart Attack”
UCL RISKS (TOMMY JOHN SURGERY)
A once career-ending injury made treatable since the pitcher Tommy John successfully underwent a revolutionary surgery in the 1970’s. Despite improved treatment, the injury still takes anywhere from 11-20 months to recover from and has seen increased incidence among youth pitcher. Learn how to reduce your risk of needing Tommy John Surgery in NATA’s Tommy John Handout. NATA Infographic “Tommy John Handout” (pdf)
VCD-EILO AND ASTHMA
Understand the difference between Vocal Cord Dysfunction-Exercise Induced Laryngeal Obstruction (VCD-EILO) and Asthma. NATA infographic: “VCD-EILO VS Asthma” (pdf)
HOW TO GET AN ATHLETIC TRAINER FUNDED AT YOUR HIGH SCHOOL
As a school administrator, legislator, or parent you have the power to get athletic trainers funded in your area. These strategies and case studies will give you the blueprint you need to improve the safety of your area youth through the funding of athletic trainers. How to Get an Athletic Trainer Funded at Your High School. (pdf)
HIRE AN ATHLETIC TRAINER
If you are looking to hire an athletic trainer for a game or tournament, visit Go4Ellis to find per diem athletic training services. If you would like to advocate for or hire an athletic trainer at your school, apply for the NATA Secondary School Employment Grant to receive a discounted rate on the NATA Career Center.
SCHOOL SPORTS MEDICINE PROGRAM FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
CASE STUDIES ON IMPROVING YOUR SCHOOL’S SPORTS SAFETY
WHITEPAPER: REDUCING SPORTS-RELATED RISK IN YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICT
Don’t wait until PBS visits your school district only to change the focus of their story upon finding that your students lack appropriate health care. In response to such an incident, schools in Arkansas developed policies to address concussion management and other emergencies in order to reduce the risk of student athlete fatality with great success. Whitepaper: Reducing Sports-Related Risk in Your School District
Since 2010, the Youth Sports Safety Alliance has worked to raise awareness, advance legislation and improve medical care for young athletes across the country. Join more than 250 parent advocacy groups, research organizations and health care organizations committed to making America’s sports programs safer for young adults. Join the Youth Sports Safety Alliance
Have your school nationally recognized with a 1st Team or 2nd Team Safe Sports distinction by National Athletic Trainers’ Association. See if your school is an ideal candidate by taking a 9 question quiz. Safe Sports School Award Quiz and Application.
INDIVIDUAL OR ORGANIZATIONAL EXCELLENCE
Given by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and rewarded at the Youth Sports Safety Summit, the Youth Sports Safety Ambassador Award recognizes and individual that has made a significant contribution to advancing athlete safety. Past winners have included: U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr., USA Football, the Dallas Independent School District and Dawn Comstock, PhD. Youth Sports Safety Ambassador Award
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