We will fund initiatives to prevent and treat injuries in youth recreation and sports.
We supported several community programs to prevent and help recognize concussions:
You can help! A $10 donation = 1 helmet for a child
We are part of a consortium of institutions working to reduce and treat concussion for fast and efficient results in various sports and recreational activities. Our hope is to create a collaborative research database to:
We funded ATV injury intervention research to discover ways to improve safety and treatment for recreational injuries to children. We hope to:
We are helping fund an important study comprised of 111 youth football players ages 6 to 18 – the largest ever conducted. Numerous studies in this area have been done on high school and college players, but those findings do not necessarily apply to younger players.
“More than 70 percent of the football players in the United States are under age 14” – Steven Rowson, Ph.D.
Results continue but initial results show:
The NIH has pledged $3.2 million to extend the study through 2019. More research and continued funding of this project is necessary to reduce the risk to youth players. View the TODAY Show‘s piece on the study.
We hosted a sports medicine education course to help all members of the emergency care team prepare for youth sports injuries. The four-hour course covered concussions, heat illness, spinal injury management, and how to develop an emergency action plan. Participants also received a hands-on simulation of a youth sports emergency using local student athletes, as well as a sports equipment removal toolkit.
Representatives Richard Hudson and G.K. Butterfield, Co-Chairs of the Pediatric Trauma Caucus and members of the Energy and Commerce Committee, hosted a bipartisan briefing on the nation’s pediatric trauma epidemic and youth sports. Our executive director, Bob Gfeller, was the moderator and our co-founder, Richard Childress, addressed the crowd.
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