Program for Injury Prevention in Youth Sports
The Program for Injury Prevention in Youth Sports (PIPYS) encourages children to get the exercise they need, build strength and learn teamwork. While the benefits outweigh the risks, sports can sometimes lead to injuries. Every year, more than 3.5 million children and teens in the U.S. are treated for a sports-related injury. We believe that reducing injuries enables athletes to reach their potential and stay on a lifetime path to better health.
Our goal is to empower parents and coaches with the latest fact-based information for keeping young athletes healthy and injury free.
You can learn about keeping your child safe in different ways on our site:
- Specific sport
- Injury or condition
- Reference books and guidelines
- Blog posts
- Evidence-based injury prevention techniques
Teaching Life Through Sport
Athletics are an incredible setting and tool for promoting health and wellness beyond the competition on the sports venue. Despite the recent negative attention on youth sports, athletics provide vital life lessons that shape our young people into productive and quality members of society.
We have a responsibility to protect the health of our young athletes. Concussion, heat illness, supplement use and hazing are just a few of the many topics we address.
Injury Prevention Guides
Our Sports Safety Team
Vanderbilt experts have experience in the prevention and treatment of a wide-range of sports injuries. We are the official sports medicine provider for a variety of professional and collegiate athletic programs in addition to working with many public and private schools and youth sports organizations. PIPYS Team Members
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