Sports and physical activities provide children with health benefits that can last a lifetime. Unfortunately, these benefits come with the risk of injury. Experts estimate that children, adolescents, and young adults suffer nearly 10 million sport- and recreation-related injuries each year in the U.S.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than half of these injuries are preventable with proper education and training, but resources that teach coaches, parents, and teachers how to reduce the risk of injury are often expensive or not widely available. The Aspen Institute reported that only 34% of coaches received injury prevention training in 2019. We believe that the benefits of participating in sports and physical activity should always outweigh the risks and we have developed two unique education programs to help address this issue.
Our Youth Sports Safety Program currently offers free workshops for coaches, parents, and young athletes. We also offer free professional development classes for physical education teachers as part of our Healthy Play Initiative. Since our first event in 2016, we have delivered hundreds of on-site workshops at schools and sports organizations throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Florida. These free workshops are highly interactive and engaging, and participants receive specialized instruction and real-time feedback from our highly regarded team of educators. In addition to our on-site events, we also offer virtual workshops for children and their coaches, parents, and teachers throughout the U.S. using videoconferencing technology. We have also created dozens of on-demand resources that are available for free at any time.
Chief, Sports Medicine Institute
Chief, Primary Sports Medicine
Chief Administrator, HSS Sports Medicine Institute