Smart Teams Play Safe™ Summit

SmartTeams Play Safe™: Protecting the Health & Safety of the Whole Child In Youth Sports By Implementing Best Practices 

Held Monday September 15, 2014

Joseph B. Martin Conference Center

Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

A day-long summit for sports parents, medical doctors, athletic trainers, neuropsychologists, sports psychologists, nurses, athletic directors, sports administrators, coaches, sports equipment and testing manufacturers, students and other youth sports stakeholders at which leading clinicians, researchers and youth sports safety advocates gave educational, "TED-talk"-style presentations on youth sports health and safety best practices.  The summit was timed to coincide with the launch of MomsTEAM Institute’s innovative SmartTeam™ program, which implemented best practices in pilot programs around the country in the fall of 2014.  
Each speaker focused on a specific way youth sports programs can help young athletes play safe by being smart.  Together, they offered a holistic approach to youth sports safety addressing, not just a child’s physical safety, but their emotional, psychological and sexual safety as well, and how, by following best practices we can help make youth athletes safer.

Topics Included:

  • Concussion best practices
  • The evolving landscape of youth sports safety
  • Injury prevention strategies in youth sports
  • Cognitive rest and return to learn
  • Gender influences on sport-related concussions and outcomes
  • Preventing sudden death in young athletes
  • Cost-effective youth sports injury prevention
  • Overuse injuries, early specialization, and burnout
  • InSideOut Coaching: transforming the lives of young athletes
  • Preventing sexual abuse of youth athletes
  • Role of game officials in injury prevention
  • The power of the permit in youth sports safety

The Summit Was A MomsTEAM Institute Production, Producers Of:


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