NATA Issues New Sports Health and Safety Best Practice Guidelines

NATA Issues New Sports Health and Safety Best Practice Guidelines

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This guest post by Laura Amann was originally posted a few years ago on this site, but it is worth a read again.  My days of gymnastics are over. So are my long hours at the gym. My nervousness and anxiety. It’s all in the past. No more ponytails woven with ribbons, no more glitter spray, no mor.... More »

Survey Says…Youth Sports Pressures are Real + MORE

This survey of 1,000 Americans by the Yellowbrick Treatment Program shows some interesting numbers about youth sports. Do you think it’s an accurate reflection?   Are you struggling with a specific problem in your parenting? Do you feel like you’ve hit a wall and just don’t .... More »

6 Ways Good Sleep Can Help Your Athlete Play Better

This article is sponsored by SleepAdvisor.org, a company that is dedicated to helping everyone achieve their optimal sleep level and wake up each day with more energy and focus. Good Sleep is often overlooked as a fitness strategy for athletic performance. Every athlete knows they need the right cal.... More »

Head Games: Time Management, Priorities and Feeling Overwhelmed + MORE

To listen to this new podcast series, click on the above arrow. Welcome to Week 2 of Head Games! The mental game of youth sports is key to your child’s success and this week we focus on Time Management, Priorities, and Feeling Overwhelmed.   My co-host for the series is Diane Munoz, coun.... More »

When Your Child is a Sore Loser

Does you child have a hard time when he or she loses? For more on losing: Losing Etiquette: 9 Rules for Sports Parents 4 Steps for Losing Correctly Learn about my 4-step plan for being a positive sports parent.          Related Stories6 words every young athl.... More »
The National Athletic Trainers’ Association and Youth Sports Safety Alliance have issued best practice youth sports health safety guidelines.  Touted as the first of their kind, the guidelines, however, largely mirror best practice recommendations that MomsTEAM Institute, a member of the Alliance, has long advocated that independent sports programs adopt as part of a holistic approach to safety using a process spelled out in the International Safeguards for Children of Sports, which MTI played a part in developing as part of a 38-member global coalition of sports safety NGO’s, and that is embodied in its SmartTeams program…

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