SmartTeams Play Safe™: Protecting the Health & Safety of the Whole Child in Youth Sports

Held On Monday, September 15, 2014 

Joseph B. Martin Conference Center

Harvard Medical School


A groundbreaking conference for youth sports stakeholders which featured a stellar roster of national experts giving educational, "TED-talk"-style presentations on health and safety best practices. The summit coincided with the launch of MomsTEAM Institute’s innovative SmartTeam™ program implementing best practices in six pilot programs around the country during the fall of 2014.
Each speaker focused on specific ways youth sports programs can help young athletes play safe by being smart.  Together, they offered a holistic approach to youth sports safety which addresses, not just a child’s physical safety, but emotional, psychological and sexual safety as well, and how, by following best practices, we can help make youth sports safer.
For full biographies of the speakers, click on their names.  For full-length videos of each presenter's SmartTeam Talk, click on the titles.

Summit Agenda

Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Brooke de Lench, Executive Director, MomsTEAM Institute, Founder,

Youth Sports Safety: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

  • Lyle J. Micheli, M.D., Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School, O’Donnell Family Professor of Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Director of the Division of Sports Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital.

Injury Prevention Strategies For The Pediatric Athlete

  • Jim MacDonald. M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP, FACSM, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Family Medicine, The Ohio State University, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Division of Sports Medicine, Web Editor, Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine

Finding Solutions for the Youth Sports Injury Epidemic

SmartTeams™ Pilot Program: Implementing Best Practices in Youth Football (Introduction)

Smart Team™ pilot coordinator panel discussion

Cognitive Rest After Concussion: Is It Really The Best Treatment?

Gender Influences on Sport-Related Concussion Risks and Outcomes

  • Douglas J. Casa, Ph.D., ATC, FACSM, FNATA, Professor, Department of Kinesiology, Director, Athletic Training Education, Chief Operating Officer, Korey Stringer Institute, Research Associate, Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Connecticut

"What Do You Mean, You Didn't Eat?": The ABC's of A High Performance Diet

  • Allison Maurer,  MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS, Sports Dietitian, University of Tennessee; 

Orange Slices and Hot Dogs: How the food environment in youth sports undermines its health benefits and what to do about it

  • Toben Nelson, ScD, Associate Professor, School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology & Community Health, University of Minnesota

Injury Prevention in Youth Sports: Can We Increase Coaching Compliance and Design Cost-Effective Prevention Programs?

  • Holly Silvers, MPT, Director of Research, Santa Monica Sports Medicine Foundation, FIFA Medical Center of Excellence

Keeping Up With the Joneses: How Much Is Too Much in Youth Sports?

  • Neeru Jayanthi, M.D., Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, Medical Director, Primary Care Sports Medicine, Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine

Navigating Youth Sports’ Troubled Waters: Concrete Strategies For Parents and Coaches

  • Rosalind Wiseman, best-selling author of Queen Bees and Wannabes and Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope With School Yard Power, Locker Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Realities of Guy World

InSideOut Coaching: How Sports Can Transform Lives

  • Joe Ehrmann, Former player, National Football League, Founder, Coach for America

Best practices in Preventing Sexual Abuse in Youth Sports

  • Katherine Starr, Two-time Olympic Swimmer, Founder and Executive Director, Safe4Athletes

The View From the Commissioner's Box: How Sports Officials Can Help Develop Athletes and Keep Them Safe

  • Donald Collins, JD. Commissioner of Athletics, California Interscholastic Federation, San Francisco Section

The Power of the Permit in Youth Sports Safety

To an Athlete Dying Young: Why the Time for SmartTeams™ Is Now 

  • Deron Colby, JD, Janus Capital Law Group, PC and Co-Founder Matthew Colby Foundation