SmartTeams™ 2014 Summit

SmartTeams Play Safe™: Protecting the Health & Safety of the Whole Child In Youth Sports By Implementing Best Practices 

Monday September 15, 2014

Joseph B. Martin Conference Center

Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

A day-long summit for sports parents, medical doctors, athletic trainers, neuropsychologists, sports psychologists, nurses, athletic directors, sports administrators, coaches, sports equipment and testing manufacturers, students and other youth sports stakeholders.  Leading clinicians, researchers and youth sports safety advocates gave educational, "TED-talk"-style presentations on youth sports health and safety best practices.  The summit was timed to coincide with the launch of MomsTEAM Institute’s innovative SmartTeam™ program, which tested educational and best practice intervention in pilot programs around the country in the fall of 2014.  
Each speaker focused on a specific way youth sports programs can help young athletes play safe by being smart.  Together, they will offer 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 athletes safer.

Topics included:

  • Concussion best practices
  • The evolving landscape of youth sports safety
  • Injury prevention strategies in youth sports
  • Reducing injury risk in youth football
  • Cognitive rest and return to learn
  • Gender influences on sport-related concussions and outcomes
  • Preventing sudden death in young athletes
  • Cost-effective youth sports injury prevention
  • Overuse injuries, early specialization, and burnout
  • Bullying, emotional and psychological injury prevention
  • InSideOut Coaching: transforming the lives of young athletes
  • Preventing sexual abuse of youth athletes
  • Role of game officials in injury prevention
  • The power of the permit in youth sports safety

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