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Preventing Catastrophic Injury in Youth Sports

Source: National Athletic Trainers' Association

U.S. Rep Bill Pascrell, Jr. to give keynote address

Please join us for the seventh Youth Sports Safety Summit, “Stay Ahead of the Game: Preventing Catastrophic Injury in Youth Sports.” Medical professionals, legislators, parent advocates and sports health organization leaders will address appropriate efforts to reduce injuries from concussion, mental health emergencies, pediatric overuse and narcotics abuse, among others.

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) will advance release that morning new research regarding concussion recovery and age differences among high school and college athletes. The study will appear in the Journal of Athletic Training, NATA’s scientific publication.

The summit is hosted by NATA and Youth Sports Safety Alliance, comprising nearly 260 sport and health organizations committed to keeping young athletes safe. U.S. Rep Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09), chairman and founder of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, will give the keynote address. This forum will highlight safety initiatives, current issues and the latest scientific research.

Key Statistics:                    

-  More than 7.8 million high school athletes participated in sports during the 2014-15 academic year, an increase of 11,389 from the previous year.

-  There were 50 sport-related deaths of young athletes in 2015.

-  In 2014-2015, 59.2 percent of injuries reported to an athletic trainer by high school athletes were sustained in competition; the remainder occurred during practice.



9:00 a.m.                            Welcome and Introductions

Scott Sailor, EdD, ATC, president, National Athletic Trainers’ Association

9:10 a.m.                            A multi-dimensional approach to studying predictors of recovery from sport-related concussion: What is the relevance of age in recovery?

Lindsay Nelson, PhD, assistant professor of Neurosurgery, Medical College of Wisconsin

9:40 a.m.                            Follow-up Q&A

9:50 a.m.                            Second annual Youth Sports Safety Ambassador Awards presentation

10:00-10:45 a.m.              KEYNOTE: Brain Injuries: A National Discussion has Emerged, presented by U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr.

10:45 a.m.                          Break

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.     BREAKOUT SESSIONS

NFL Sports Safety Initiatives

Amy Jorgensen, NFL senior manager, Health and Safety Policy

Opiate Abuse among Teenage Athletes – What You Need to Know

Jennifer Weiss Burke, executive director, Healing Addictions in Our Community; Serenity Mesa Youth Recovery Center

Prevention of Pediatric Overuse Injuries

                                             Tamara McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA, professor of athletic training, Endowed Chair of Sports Medicine, AT Still University

12:00 p.m.-1:00 pm          LUNCH  

Washington DC School District Safe Sport School Award presentation by U.S. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC)                    

1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.         BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Mental Health Concerns and Strategies for Student Athlete Wellness

Tim Neal, MS, ATC assistant professor, Health and Human Performance, Athletic Training Program clinical education coordinator, Concordia University

Discussion of American Academy of Pediatrics Statement on Tackling in Youth Football

Nailah Coleman, MD, FAAP, FACSM, assistant professor of Pediatrics, George Washington University

A Collaborative Approach to Safety: Progress Report from the Youth Sports Governing Bodies

Rebecca Stearns, PhD, ATC, chief operating officer, Korey Stringer Institute

2:00 p.m.                            BREAK

2:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.         BREAKOUT SESSIONS

                                             Advocating for Safety in Sport: A Parent’s Perspective

Kelli Jantz, RN, transplant coordinator and parent advocate

Sports Safety for All Ages: A Single Institution’s Experience with Youth Football

Jillian Urban, PhD, research assistant professor, Wake Forest Baptist Health

3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.       Program Wrap-Up

3:15 p.m.-4:00 p.m.         Meet and Greet with speakers and guests


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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 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 43,000 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 young athletes. The YSSA was founded by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and now includes nearly 260 member organizations. Visit:

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