Youth Sports Safety Alliance
Since 2010, the Youth Sports Safety Alliance has worked to raise awareness, advance legislation and improve medical care for young athletes across the country. High school athletes suffer 2 million injuries, 200,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations every year.
The Alliance is committed to reducing those numbers and improving the health and safety of young athletes. Spearheaded by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, more than 225 organizations have joined together in the knowledge that speaking and acting collectively is more effective.
Introducing the SAFE PLAY Act
Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24), Rep. Bill Pascrell (NJ-09) and Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) introduced the Supporting Athletes, Families and Educators to Protect the Lives of Athletic Youth (SAFE PLAY) Act, a bill that would promote the safety of our young athletes. NATA worked with the legislators to introduce the bill, which would take a multipronged approach of research, community education and federal support for school districts to adopt best practices to keep youth athletes safe. SAFE PLAY focuses on addressing several sports medicine areas including heat exposure, CPR and AED training, concussion response and energy drink consumption. Read the full press release here.