NATA Issues Heart Health and Youth Sports Safety Recommendations

Source: National Athletic Trainers' Association

DALLAS, September 26, 2014 – In recognition of Children’s Cardiomyopathy Awareness Month in September and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month in October, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association has released guidelines on heart health and youth sports safety.

“We know that education, prevention and treatment are integral in keeping young athletes in the game and off the sidelines,” says NATA President Jim Thornton, MA, ATC, CES. “It’s vital to establish a sports medicine team that includes physicians and athletic trainers, create an emergency action plan and maintain continued communication with parents, coaches, administrators and others to ensure all cardiac-specific sports safety protocols are in place. Following these guidelines throughout the season can help prevent or reduce acute, chronic or catastrophic injury outcomes.”

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