September 13, 2014 Leave a comment
I’m flying to Boston today, and it feels like going home.
As I’ve shared with readers of this blog, I spent many of my formative years of education and medical training in ‘Beantown.’ I’ve experienced both sports (university track and cross-country) and sports medicine (fellowship training, coverage of the Boston marathon, and more) in ‘the Hub.’
This morning I head to Boston in advance of attending and speaking at a very special gathering taking place on Monday: a ‘Youth Sports Summit’ taking place at Harvard Medical School. The summit will focus on evidence-based best practices to address almost every facet of #YouthSportsSafety: concussion prevention, sound nutrition, screening for sudden cardiac death, prevention of sexual abuse, to name a few topics. I am one of several speakers and I’ll be speaking on injury prevention in youth athletes.
The host for the “Smart Teams Play Safe” summit is MomsTEAM an especially influential organization addressing #YouthSportsSafety concerns. I serve on the Board of Advisors for the non-profit MomsTEAM Institute. The Board is full of authors who have published in CJSM: Tracey Covassin, Neeru Jayanthi, Dawn Comstock, Johnana Register-Mihalik……it’s a veritable ‘Who’s Who’ of sports medicine. Most of the Board will be in attendance, and many will be speaking.
As I prepare for my talk, I find myself so frequently turning to the pages of CJSM to find the evidence for best practices in this area. I will be relying heavily on studies ranging from the AMSSM position statement on youth overuse injuries, published in January 2014; to the CASEM position statement on neuromuscular training for ACL injury prevention; to some of the compelling research regarding the benefits of postponing body checking in youth hockey.
I’ll be blogging and tweeting from Boston, so look to these pages and to our twitter feed for updates on the proceedings.
Spoiler Alert (will be mentioning this in my talk): if there is any group that is going to begin solving the epidemic of youth sports injuries, it is a determined group of mothers like those involved in MomsTeam. From the Playground Movement of the late 19th century, to the push by MADD to address the public health crisis of drunk driving, motivated mothers have made major impacts on societal health. I have no doubt that in the arena of #YouthSportsSafety, the same will hold true.