Player’s Health Partners With Pro Financial Services

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Recognizing that an athletic injury should never set you back financially, Player’s Health partnered with Pro Financial Services (PSF) to provide state-of-the-art protection and services to our users. PFS works with youth organizations to cover general liability, participant accidents, and catastrophic coverage.

At Player’s Health we offer users the opportunity to add PSF insurance coverage plans for their sports organizations. Player’s Health recommends three of the most utilized coverage options provided by PSF: General liability coverage, participant coverage, and catastrophic coverage.

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Player’s Health Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

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Minneapolis, Minnesota- July 20, 2016- Player’s Health, a premiere sports injury management company specializing in injury documentation, celebrated its first anniversary on July 15, 2016.

The company, which recently moved its headquarters from Chicago to Minneapolis, kicked off its anniversary celebration with the opening of new office at 807 West Broadway St. in Northeast Minneapolis. They are now sharing office space with SportsEngine, a new company partner.

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Why is Youth Sports Participation on the Decline?

After decades of rapid growth, youth sports participation is on the decline, according to a study of 17 sports between 2009 and 2014 by the Sports and Fitness Industry Association.  Youth athletics have witnessed an overall decline of over nine percent, with some sports increasing in participation, and others decreasing.

The Aspen Institute also provided research on youth sports participation, finding that there are more inactive children now than five years prior, and participation in all major sports has decreased, except for hockey and lacrosse, which have grown. The researchers attribute the trend to a perception by parents that children are too focused on athletics. Parents could be turning towards other extracurricular activities for their children, like playing an instrument.

However, there may be other underlying causes to the monumental shift in sports participation. ESPN wrote an article about the subject, noting that the “No. 1 fear of sports parents is seeing their child injured on the field.” It turns out that this is an increasingly real fear. The article cites injury stats from the CDC, which state that 2.7 million kids under 20 were treated for ‘sports and recreation’ injuries between 2001 and 2009, and reports of traumatic brain injuries for those under 19 rose 62% over the same period.

 

While this may be a contributing factor, injury information is still far behind where it should be, and with better injury documentation, management, and overwatch, the risk of youth sports may be lowered enough to entice parents back to youth athletics. Until then, youth athletics may continue to see increasing attrition rates.

Cited articles:

http://www.engagesports.com/blog/post/1488/youth-sports-participation-statistics-and-trends

http://www.aspeninstitute.org/about/blog/7-charts-that-show-the-state-of-youth-sports-in-the-us-and-why-it-matters

The Misconceptions of Sport Specialization

Youth sports are growing more competitive. Budding athletes face increasing pressure to specialize in a sport from parents who believe that focusing on a single athletic pursuit will result in better performance development, potentially leading to a college scholarships or even a professional career.

However, recent studies show that early specialization can actually be detrimental for the development of Youth Athletes.As Wall Street Journal points out, not only is specialization correlated with an increased frequency of overuse injuries and early burnout, some of the most successful athletes in history actually participated in multiple sports. Ben Cohen, a sportswriter that follows basketball, points to Steph Curry as a poster child against early specialization in a sport.

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