NATA To Convene 4th Youth Sports Safety Summit And Formation Of National Action Plan For Sports Safety

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Protecting America’s Student Athletes, February 5-6, 2013 in Washington, DC


“Too many injuries have occurred; too many lives have been lost that could have been saved. We cannot wait another minute to act — to put measures in place that further ensure youth sports safety.”


Patti James, parent advocate


In an effort to improve appropriate medical care for youth athletes, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association will host the fourth annual Youth Sports Safety Summit in Washington, D.C. The February 5-6, 2013 event, which will launch the National Action Plan for Sports Safety and introduce the Student Athlete’s Bill of Rights, will build upon the success of the NATA-founded Youth Sports Safety Alliance and its prior summits. The Alliance, comprising more than 80 organizations, is committed to keeping young athletes safe.


Momentum continues to build for comprehensive action to protect student athletes. Public interest has remained strong; however, much of the focus remains on concussion in high school athletes despite the higher number of student athletes in all grades that suffer other serious or even fatal injuries.


Those attending will help to finalize the National Action Plan, a new educational initiative to improve sports safety and achieve appropriate medical care in secondary schools. The Plan will focus on four major areas:  cardiac events; neurological injuries; environmentally-induced conditions and dietary/substance-induced conditions.  The summit will culminate with visits to legislators on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, February 6.




AUDIENCE:            Media, health care professionals, parent advocate groups; education and school administration organizations; health care and sports associations; state and federal policymakers; athletic/activity associations; and sports governing bodies.


SPEAKERS:             James L. Thornton, MA, ATC, CES, president, National Athletic Trainers’ Association

Welcome and introductions.


Douglas J. Casa, PhD, ATC, University of Connecticut; Korey Stringer Institute

                                Preview of Preventing Sudden Death in High School Athletics task force.


Dawn Comstock, PhD, Colorado School of Public Health at University of Colorado, Denver

Recent research trends and scientific findings on the youth sports safety front.


Beth Mallon, Founder, Advocates for Injured Athletes and Alliance representative:

                                An overview of the Alliance’s collective successes and where do we go from here.


Charles Gfeller, Esq.

Risk management for schools and recommended sports safety protocols


WHEN:                   Tuesday, February 5, 2013

12:30-3:00 p.m.: Briefing

3:00-5:00 p.m.: Completion of National Action Plan for Sports Safety


WHERE:                  Omni Shoreham Hotel

2500 Calvert Street, NW

Washington, DC


CONTACT/             Robin Waxenberg, 212/489-8006,



REGISTRATION:    For organizations and non-media colleagues:




About NATA:

National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) – Health Care for Life & Sport

Athletic trainers are health care professionals who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and sport-related illnesses. They prevent and treat chronic musculoskeletal injuries from sports, physical and occupational activity, and provide immediate care for acute injuries. Athletic trainers offer a continuum of care that is unparalleled in health care. The National Athletic Trainers’ Association represents and supports 35,000 members of the athletic training profession. Visit


About the Youth Sports Safety Alliance:

Since 2010, the Youth Sports Safety Alliance has worked to raise awareness, advance legislation and improve medical care for young athletes across the country. High school athletes suffer 2 million injuries, 200,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations every year. The alliance is committed to reducing those numbers and improving the health and safety of our young athletes. The YSSA was founded by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and now includes more than 80 member organizations. Visit:


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