Participating in sports provides children with many health benefits that can last a lifetime. Unfortunately, these benefits sometimes come with the risk of injury. Among the 30 million children who participate in organized sports in the United States, more than 5.5 million children suffer injuries each year. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than half of all sports-related injuries are preventable with proper education and training, but resources that teach sports coaches, parents, teachers and students how to reduce the risk of injury are cost-prohibitive or not easily accessible.
To address this issue, the HSS Youth Sports Safety Program was established in 2015 with a generous donation from HSS Board member James Dinan and his wife, Elizabeth Miller, through the Dinan Family Foundation. Our mission is to teach people how to preserve the musculoskeletal health of physically active children and since our first education event in 2016, we have delivered hundreds of free classes and workshops to tens of thousands of students, parents, coaches, and teachers from schools and community sports organizations throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Florida. These on-site classes and workshops are highly interactive, allowing participants to receive specialized instruction and real-time feedback from our expert team of youth sports safety educators. We have also developed dozens of classes that are available on-demand through the HSS Sports Safety Learning Center.
Chief, Sports Medicine Institute
Chief, Primary Sports Medicine
Chief Administrator, HSS Sports Medicine Institute