Youth sport participation in the U.S. has been falling for the last decade with little sign of stopping. If we want to teach kids about sportsmanship and promote active lifestyles, this is a problem worth fixing. But why did this trend begin, and what can we do to counteract it? Continue reading How do we fix falling youth sport participation?
According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, football persists to be the top sport played in the United States of America. As popular as football may be, it has never been the safest sport when it comes to head injuries. Concussions are caused by a hit to the head or a severe shaking of the head and body. Concussions have been a growing issue in sports for many years now. In recent years, there have been an increasing number of reports on concussion injuries among football players. The Mayo Clinic reported that people under the age of eighteen and over the age of two are affected by concussions the most – that means any youth sports player is at risk of getting a concussion, especially in the football community.
Sports used to be impromptu games at the park for kids in the neighborhood. It used to be a pastime for kids, and for parents, an opportunity to get some space. It was loose, fun, and unregulated.
Today, youth sports in an industry. As it has grown, laws have sprung up in response the inherent dangers of sports – namely, concussion legislature.
Here’s a breakdown of what you need to know about the current landscape of concussion legislature. Make sure to check your state’s particular rules, and that your organization is ‘checking the boxes’. Continue reading Legal Landscape of Youth Sports Today
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Will you let your kids play (insert your sport)?
16% will hold their children from playing sports, specifically due to concussion risks, according to a Harris Poll survey sponsored by the American Osteopathic Association. 51% responded that they would allow their children to play on an organized team and the remaining 33% responded that it depended on the sport. Rugby had the lowest percentage of parents that would allow their children to participate coming in at 6%. Basketball had the highest at 66%.
There are stark differences between rugby and basketball and parents are aware of this.
Continue reading Perceived Dangers of Youth Sports
Over the weekend a high school football game in Virginia, between Buckingham and Goochland high school, was ended early after three athletes from the same team collided while trying to tackle an opposing player. In the middle of the fourth quarter three Buckingham defenders converged on an opposing ball carrier, who then slipped, resulting in all three teammates colliding head on. Two of these players received a neck injury and one a head injury, and all three were taken to a nearby hospital in ambulances.