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Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt Aims to Prevent Sports-Related Injuries; Offers Sports Safety Gala, Conference and Safety Tips for Parents and Coaches
 
July 14, 2015
Media Contact:
Ashley Culver
(615) 322-4747
ashley.culver@vanderbilt.edu

Gov. Bill Haslam has declared this week “Youth Sports Safety Week in Tennessee.” Doctors at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt are helping spread the message by urging parents and coaches to follow some important safety tips to help prevent sports-related injuries. Sports and recreational activity is one of the leading causes of injury among children and adolescents worldwide. Nationally, an estimated 3.5 million young athletes and 2 million high school athletes receive medical treatment for sports-related injuries each year.

Children’s Hospital is holding a youth sports celebration gala on Thursday, July 16, from 6-9 p.m. at Gaylord Springs Clubhouse in Nashville.  The keynote speaker will be Lt. Gen. Richard P. Mills, commander of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve & Marine Forces North, who will discuss “Athletics and Leadership.” In addition, country music entertainer, Larry Stewart, is set to perform.

Children's Hospital will also be offering a youth sports safety conference on Friday, July 17, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville. Experts will host the interactive session, which is open to health care professionals and the general public, and will cover topics such as overuse and acute injuries, heat-related injury, sudden cardiac death, nutrition and supplements, concussion, mental health, and proper safety equipment and training methods. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean will provide the opening remarks.

Alex Diamond, D.O., MPH, assistant professor of Pediatrics, Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation and director of the Program for Injury Prevention in Youth Sports (PIPYS) at Vanderbilt, said about 8 percent of children who are injured quit playing sports altogether.

“Sports provide an unrivaled number of physical and psychosocial health benefits,” he said. “We feel that this event provides something for everyone and allows all the stakeholders to sit at the same table so together, we can take steps toward providing a critical and long-lasting benefit for our kids.”

In order to keep child athletes safe, Diamond offers the following tips to parents and coaches:

  • Maintain proper hydration to avoid heat-related illness.
  • Provide appropriate periods for rest and recovery to prevent overuse injuries.
  • Ensure that a pre-participation physical exam, meeting updated national recommendations, is performed.
  • Create a plan on how everyone should respond in case of an emergency.

Diamond also says it is crucial for parents and coaches to recognize signs of a concussion, and to make sure children receive proper medical treatment if one is suspected.

Some additional sports safety tips for children include always wearing the right protective equipment for your sport and following all rules of the sport in both practices and games. 

The upcoming sports safety conference is one of many Vanderbilt-led efforts to help prevent sports-related injuries, including the Vanderbilt’s CoachSmart App and pre-concussion baseline tests for young athletes.

To register, go to www.childrenshospital.vanderbilt.org/sportssafetyconference. Visit Children’s Hospital’s PIPYS website for detailed sports safety information.

 
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