Keeping young athletes in the game

HSS Sports Safety Program

More than 35 million young athletes participate in sports in the United States. Unfortunately, more than 3.5 million sports injuries occur each year.

94% of parents want better protection.
Fewer than 50% of youth sports coaches have proper training.

HSS has established the HSS Sports Safety Program through a generous donation by HSS Board member James Dinan and his wife, Elizabeth Miller through the Dinan Family Foundation. The HSS Sports Safety Program aims to raise awareness of the importance of programs that improve sports performance, reduce injury rates, and minimize lifelong exposure to preventable musculoskeletal health issues. This program also offers educational programs and tools to audiences that share responsibility for the safety of youth and high school athletes.

Hear from Dr. James Kinderknecht

Who We Are

Meet the team that is working to protect young athletes and KEEP them in the game.

Hear from Dr. Robert Marx

HSS Sports Safety ACL Program

Learn more about the HSS Sports Safety ACL Program.

HSS Sports Safety

Workshops for Coaches and Parents

Attend one of our workshops and become a part of the HSS Sports Safety team.




Meet the Team

Meet our team and learn about their expertise.

James Kinderknecht, MD

James Kinderknecht, MD has spent the past twenty years caring for athletes of all ages and levels. His experience includes being a team physician for the New York Giants, New York Mets and St. Johns University. As such, he believes there is great value in youth sports and athletic activities. In addition, Dr. Kinderknecht enjoys promoting the positive benefits of physical fitness to high-endurance athletes as well as individuals who want to begin an exercise program. Dr. Kinderknecht is the program director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at Hospital for Special Surgery.

Robert Marx, MD

Robert G. Marx, MD, MSc, FRCSC is an Attending Orthopedic Surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery and Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. He specializes in surgery of the knee and shoulder. In an effort to improve patient outcomes, Dr. Marx has also conducted extensive clinical orthopedic research. He has published three books, over a dozen book chapters, and over 170 peer-reviewed scientific publications. Dr. Marx has received numerous awards for his research and patient care, including being named one of the “Best Doctors in New York” by New York Magazine for multiple years.


Joe Janosky, MS, PT, ATC is the Manager of the Sports Safety Program at HSS and brings more than twenty years of experience as a physical therapist and athletic trainer to injury prevention program development. He has extensive clinical experience with youth, high school, collegiate and professional athletes, with particular concentration in football, baseball and rugby. His professional interests include ACL injury rehabilitation, care for the overhead athlete, motor learning strategies for sport skill acquisition and return to play progressions. He has taught at both the University of Scranton and Marywood University and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Human and Sports Performance.



ACL Basics

Read our Press Release


Coach/Parent Workshops

Coaches and parents are invited to join us in our workshops to learn how to keep young athletes safe and reduce their risk of ACL injury.

Join us Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at Quest Diagnostics Training Center  |  Register Now

1925 Giants Drive
East Rutherford, NJ 07073
Registration: 6:00PM – 6:30PM
Workshop: 6:30PM – 8:30PM

Join us Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at Stamford YMCA  |  Register Now

10 Bell Street
Stamford, CT 06901
Registration: 6:00PM – 6:30PM
Workshop: 6:30PM – 8:30PM

Join us Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Marywood University   |  Register Now

Insalaco Arena / Health & Wellness Center
2300 Adams Ave.
Scranton, PA 18509
Registration: 6:00PM – 6:30PM
Workshop: 6:30PM – 8:30PM

If you are interested in a free private workshop for your organization please contact us at for more information.


Coach Login

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An ACL injury cost our team a county
championship. I wish I had a program like this.

Mike Spina, Basketball Coach
Floral Park High School

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I'm excited to work with HSS
to keep my guys healthy and safe.

Kevin Pokojny, Soccer Coach
Floral Park High School

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Our coaching staff enjoyed learning the warmup
and found it useful and dynamic.

Christos Spirou, Director
Long Island Youth Football Player Academy Safety Camp

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HSS conducted a warmup that was both fun and useful
not just to our campers, but our coaches as well.

Jim Jackman, Director
Long Island Youth Football Player Academy Safety Camp

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The information was easy to understand and easy to
implement. Anyone involved in youth sports needs to
focus on the HSS Sports Safety guidelines.

Aaron Finkel, Founder
New York Sports Connection

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As a parent, I certainly recommend this program
to all parents whose children are participating
in sports at various levels.

Avik Das, Parent

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I left the workshop inspired, wanting every young athlete
that I know to take part of what I just experienced.


Jermaine Lloyd, Coach
Back 2 Basics Academy


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The Torpedoes and HSS Sports Safety will continue
to work closely together throughout the season.


Andy Meaney, Director of Coaching
Wyckoff Torpedoes



Contact Us

For more information about the HSS Sports Safety Program, please complete our contact form or email us at