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Move Better Play Better

Apply today to bring world-class injury prevention expertise to your high school

Move Better Play Better is a new initiative bringing free injury-prevention resources to 50 high schools nationwide. Sponsored by HSS, the top-ranked orthopedic hospital in the country, the program is open to any high school that doesn’t have a full-time athletic trainer. 

All you need to do is fill out a short application to be one of the 50. Those who apply and are not selected will receive access to a selection of free injury prevention resources.

How It Works

Move Better Play Better is an initiative of the HSS Sports Medicine Institute's Youth Sports Safety Program, which brings the world-renowned sports medicine doctors, physical therapists, and other experts at HSS together to develop injury prevention programs aimed at keeping young athletes safe.

Schools that participate in Move Better Play Better will receive the following support during the fall, winter, and spring sports seasons:

  • risk factor screenings for all student-athletes
  • educational workshops for parents, coaches, and physical education teachers
  • on-site or virtual support visits for key stakeholders
  • priority access to our new injury prevention training app for coaches

Our team will work with athletic directors, or their designated representatives, to schedule screenings and workshops for each school.

Why Injury Prevention?

High school students get injured playing sports more than two million times each year in the United States, with nearly 30,000 of these injuries resulting in hospital stays. All of this comes at a cost of more than $5 billion per year. According to the CDC, up to half of these injuries could be prevented with proper training and resources.

While some schools rely on athletic trainers to help reduce the risk of injury for student-athletes, two-thirds of U.S. high schools lack access to a full-time athletic trainer. Research has shown that student-athletes at high schools with full-time athletic trainers have lower overall and recurring injury rates than students at schools without full-time athletic trainers.

We at HSS believe we can help kids stay safe in their chosen sport by filling this critical resource gap through education and training geared to parents, coaches, teachers, and most importantly the student-athletes themselves.

About HSS

HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, ranked No. 1 in orthopedics for 13 years in a row by U.S. News & World Report (2022-2023). The doctors who comprise the Sports Medicine Institute (SMI) at HSS, led by orthopedic surgeon Andrew Pearle, MD, see more than 95,000 patients each year and serve as team physicians to more than 30 professional sports teams, colleges, and elite sports organizations. 

The SMI’s Youth Sports Safety Program was created so that children everywhere can enjoy the benefits of sports with minimal risk of injury. Since 2016, nearly 300,000 young athletes and their parents, coaches, and teachers have attended our injury prevention workshops. And since December 2021, more than 1,000 young athletes have benefited from our injury risk factor screenings.