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NATA to Host Youth Sports Safety Summit in Washington, D.C.

Source: National Athletic Trainer's Association

In a continued effort to improve appropriate medical care for youth athletes, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association will host the fifth annual Youth Sports Safety Summit in Washington, D.C. The March 10, 2014 event will build upon the success of the NATA-founded Youth Sports Safety Alliance and its prior summits. The Alliance, comprising nearly 140 organizations, is committed to keeping young athletes safe.

Momentum continues to build for comprehensive action to protect student athletes. Public interest has remained strong and this year’s program will focus on rethinking youth sports safety and the need for culture change. Topics will range from mental health in sports to risk management for administrators to new research and recommendations on high school sports safety including concussions, pre-participation exams and highlights of a new high school benchmark study that will shed light on appropriate medical care in today’s secondary school landscape. 

The summit will culminate with visits to legislators on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, March 11.

AUDIENCE: Health care professionals, parent advocate groups; education and school administration organizations; health care and sports associations; state and federal policymakers; athletic/activity associations; governing bodies; and media.

SPEAKERS: James L. Thornton, MA, ATC, CES, president, National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Welcome and Introductions.

Brian Hainline, MD, chief medical officer, National Collegiate Athletics Association, Accountability and Transparency in Intercollegiate Athletics.

Tom Farrey, ESPN producer, school administration panel moderator

Steve Broglio, PhD, ATC, director, Neurotrauma Research Laboratory, University of Michigan, New Concussion Statement Overview.

Douglas J. Casa, PhD, ATC, chief operating officer, Korey Stringer Institute, director, Athletic Training Education, Department of Kinesiology University of Connecticut, Adoption of Guidelines and Rules by States.

Riana R. Pryor, MS, ATC, director of research, Korey Stringer Institute, Status of Recent Research of High School Athletic Training Services.

Dawn Comstock, PhD, associate professor, epidemiology, Colorado School of Public Health at University of Colorado, Denver, Recent Research Trends and Scientific Findings on the Youth Sports Safety Front.

Timothy Liam Epstein, JD, partner, SmithAmundsen Law Firm, Liability/Risk Management.

Neeru Jayanthi, MD, associate professor, Department of Family Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation; medical director, Primary Care Sports Medicine, Loyola University Medical Center; board of directors, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine,  Preparticipation Exams.

Lauren Long and Samantha Sanderson, co-founders, Concussion Connection, From the Athlete’s Perspective.

Timothy Neal, MS, ATC, assistant director of athletics for sports medicine and adjunct professor, Syracuse University, Mental Health and the Athlete.

WHEN:                   Monday, March 10, 2014

                                10:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Three concurrent breakouts will be held from 3:00-4:30 p.m.; topics to include: best practices in awareness and training; best practices on the field; and best practices in advocacy.

WHERE:                  The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center 

National Ballroom B

                                1400 M Street NW, Washington, DC

CONTACT/RSVP:          Robin Waxenberg, 212/489-8006,


About NATA:

National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) – Health Care for Life & Sport

Athletic trainers are health care professionals who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and sport-related illnesses. They prevent and treat chronic musculoskeletal injuries from sports, physical and occupational activity, and provide immediate care for acute injuries. Athletic trainers offer a continuum of care that is unparalleled in health care. The National Athletic Trainers' Association represents and supports 39,000 members of the athletic training profession. Visit

About the Youth Sports Safety Alliance:

Since 2010, the Youth Sports Safety Alliance has worked to raise awareness, advance legislation and improve medical care for young athletes across the country. High school athletes suffer 2 million injuries, 200,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations every year. The alliance is committed to reducing those numbers and improving the health and safety of our young athletes. The YSSA was founded by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and now includes nearly 140 member organizations. Visit:

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