HEADS UP to Youth Sports: Free online course for coaches and parents on how to protect kids in sports and prevent concussions and head injuries. From the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The website includes access to free resource materials e.g. fact sheets on concussion prevention and awareness.
“By taking this free, online course and using what you learn, you will be well positioned to improve the culture of concussion. Your actions can help create a safe environment for young athletes so that they can stay healthy, active, and thrive – both on and off the playing field. Once you complete the training and quiz, you can print out a certificate, making it easy to show your league or school you are ready for the season.”
Aspen Institute’s Project Play: Reimagining Youth Sports in America. Project Play’s goal is to bring sports participation to all American children with a focus on health, enjoyment and fun. Through advocacy, awareness building and promotion, Project Play works with and bring together thought-leaders from the realms of sports, medicine, media, business innovation, government and philanthropy at round tables, televised town halls and other events where dialogue is advanced and breakthrough strategies are identified, shaped and scaled.
STOP Sports Injuries: This non-profit organization, STOP (Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention) was started by the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) in an effort to address the increasing epidemic of youth sports injuries. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and SAFE Kids USA are all partners of STOP Sports Injuries working towards the goal of addressing the critical issue of overuse injuries experienced by young athletes.
The Aspen Institute, Sports and Society Program. The Sports & Society program goal is to find solutions to create a society of healthy children through sports participation in their communities. The program brings together a variety of community members and leaders to discuss issues and inspire solutions that focus on the development of healthy children and communities. “The program provides a venue for thought leadership where knowledge can be deepened, and breakthrough ideas explored, on a range of critical issues.” Click here to read more about the program. The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC