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Sport Safety International Joins the STOP Sports Injuries Campaign

Healthcare and Business Leaders, and Professional Athletes Join Forces to Help Young Athletes Play Safe and Stay Healthy

Wayne, NJ –– Today, leaders at Sport Safety International are coming together with the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, National Athletic Trainers’ Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association and Safe Kids USA to promote the STOP Sports Injuries campaign.

The campaign educates athletes, parents, athletic trainers, coaches and healthcare providers about the rapid increase in youth sports injuries, the necessary steps to help reverse the trend and the need to keep young athletes healthy. The STOP Sports Injuries campaign highlights include teaching proper prevention techniques, discussing the need for open communication between everyone involved in young athletes’ lives, and encouraging those affected to sign The Pledge to be an advocate for sports safety. The campaign website and pledge are available at www.STOPSportsInjuries.org.

Sports injuries among young athletes are on the rise.  According to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), high school athletes, alone, account for an estimated two million injuries, 500,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations every year.

“Now, more than ever, it is critical that coaches, parents and athletes at all levels know the basics of preventing injuries related to participation in sport and physical activity,” said Dr. Robb Rehberg, Executive Director of Sport Safety International.  “By working together through education, we can help keep kids safe and injury free as they participate in the sports and activities they love.”

The high rate of youth sports injuries is fueled by an increase in overuse and trauma injuries and a lack of attention paid to proper injury prevention. According to the CDC, more than half of all sports injuries in children are preventable.

“Regardless of whether the athlete is a professional, an amateur, an Olympian or a young recreational athlete, the number of sports injuries is increasing – but the escalation of injuries in kids is the most alarming,” said Dr. James Andrews, former president of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and STOP Sports Injuries Co-Campaign Chair.  “Armed with the correct information and tools, today’s young athletes can remain healthy, play safe, and stay in the game for life.”

Supporting the STOP Sports Injuries campaign are the country’s leading sports medicine organizations along with professional athletes and business leaders who have signed on as members of the campaign’s Council of Champions. This Council will help raise additional awareness about this growing epidemic of youth sports injuries.  Some of the founding members of the Council include former Olympic champions Christie Rampone, Eric Heiden and Bonnie Blair, professional golfer Jack Nicklaus, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr, MLB baseball player John Smoltz, NFL Hall of Fame defensive end, Howie Long, and Heisman Trophy winner and St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford.

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Sport Safety International is dedicated to promoting safe participation in physical activity and sport through education.  For more information about Sport Safety International, visit www.SportSafetyInternational.org.

Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey and Sport Safety International Forge Relationship to Promote Concussion Education

ATSNJlogoCMYKWayne, NJ (PRWEB) April 21, 2011 – The Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey (ATSNJ), a leading resource in concussion education for health care professionals, athletes, coaches and parents, announced today it has forged a relationship with Sport Safety International, a an organization dedicated to providing sport safety enducation, to help introduce “Concussion Wise™” an online concussion education program designed for athletic trainers and other health care professionals. The program will be made available immediately. “Concussion Wise™” is designed to meet the educational needs of athletic trainers and other health care providers throughout the nation. This course, which is approved for athletic trainer continuing education by the Board of Certification, Inc., also satisfies educational requirements established by New Jersey’s new concussion law, which requires all athletic trainers licensed in the state to complete a course in concussion management. The course also meets the recommendations contained in the concussion model policy recently released by the New Jersey Department of Education. This interactive online course, which is available today, on the ATSNJ’s website, is the first of its kind in New Jersey. “Concussion Wise™” for athletic trainers will focus on the latest scientific and evidence based research of concussion education, prevention and management. Additionally the course is designed to provide an understanding of the key points of concussion legislation in New Jersey. “The demand for concussion education or health care providers has been accelerating over recent months,” said Eric Nussbaum, ATSNJ President. “As one of the leading resources in concussion education, it was important to the ATSNJ to provide our membership access to this comprehensive concussion online learning opportunity.” “We are thrilled to be working with the ATSNJ to offer a program that meets the needs of the ATSNJ and its members,” said Dr. Robb Rehberg, co-founder of Sport Safety International and author of the Concussion Wise™ program. “The course provides a quality educational opportunity for health care professionals who may not have the time or flexibility in their schedules to attend additional symposiums or lectures.” Concussion Wise™ for Athletic Trainers is available at http://www.atsnj.org. Similar courses designed for athletes, coaches and parents will be available in the near future, free of charge. “The ATSNJ hopes that these courses will become a staple of education within the interscholastic and recreational sports community,” stated Eric Nussbaum ABOUT THE ATHLETIC TRAINERS’ SOCIETY OF NEW JERSEY ATSNJ, Inc. consists of licensed athletic trainers, physicians and other allied health care professionals whose goal is to promote quality healthcare for athletes in any setting. For more information, visit the ATSNJ on the web at http://www.atsnj.orgABOUT Sport Safety International. The mission of Sport Safety International is to promote injury prevention and safe participation in physical activity and sports by providing the highest quality educational programming to athletes, parents, coaches, and sports medicine professionals.. For more information, visithttp://www.sportsafetyinternational.org.

 

 

 

 

Athletic Trainers’ Association of Florida and Sport Safety International Forge Relationship to Promote Concussion Education

ATAF_LogoAthletic Trainers’ Association of Florida (ATAF) releases interactive online concussion education for all involved along the concussion continuum.

August 4, 2011—As the high school football season gets underway this week in Florida, the Athletic  Trainers’ Association of Florida  (ATAF) announced today it has forged a relationship with Sport Safety International;  a medical consulting firm that specializes in providing expert advice in the area of sport safety and injury prevention, to help introduce “Concussion Wise™” an online concussion education program designed for athletic trainers, coaches, parents, athletes and other health care professionals.  The program will be made available immediately.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention an estimated 1.6 to 3.8 million sports and recreation related concussions occur in the United States each year.  Even more startling is the fact that as many as 2.25 million sports related concussion go undiagnosed each year.

In an effort to promote concussion education, ATAF has partnered with Sport Safety International to offer the ConcussionWise™ program.  “Concussion Wise™” focuses on the latest scientific and evidence based research of concussion education, prevention and management.  “Concussion Wise™ programs will offer specific concussion education tailored to the different needs of individuals involved in prevention and management of concussions.

“Even though there is yet to be a concussion law passed in our state we believe it is extremely important for us as an association to provide a quality educational program like Concussion Wise™ to the public and the health care community.  We believe it shows the commitment our association has to ensuring the health and safety of student-athletes.” said Stephanie Lennon, ATC, LAT ATAF President ”

“We are thrilled to be working with the ATAF to offer a program that meets the needs of the ATAF, its members and the Florida community as a whole” said Dr. Robb Rehberg, a partner with Sport Safety International and author of the ConcussionWise™ program. “The course provides a quality concussion education from different perspectives in order to make it more meaningful to the learner.”

ConcussionWise™ courses are available at http://www.ataf.org/

ABOUT THE ATHLETIC TRAINERS’ ASSOCIATION OF FLORIDA

The Athletic Trainers’ Association of Florida, Inc (ATAF) is an organization whose membership is dedicated to the comprehensive health care of our state’s athletes and other physically active individuals. The mission of the ATAF is to offer a diverse range of services to its members, while protecting the public’s interest by seeing that certified, licensed athletic trainer’s are available to provide proper medical care to our state’s athletes and the physically active.

For more information please visit:  http://www.ataf.org/

ABOUT SPORT SAFETY INTERNATIONAL

The mission of Sport Safety International is to promote injury prevention and safe participation in physical activity and sports by providing the highest quality educational programming to athletes, parents, coaches, and sports medicine professionals.

For more information please visit:  http://www.sportsafetyinternational.org/

Delaware Athletic Trainers’ Association Enters Into Relationship with Sport Safety International to Provide Concussion Education

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Delaware Athletic Trainers’ Association releases interactive online concussion education for all involved along the concussion continuum.

December 7, 2011—Teamwork is necessary in the educational process about concussions. Coaches, parents, athletes, athletic trainers and other medical personnel should view videos and interactive presentations, read information sheets, and be active in observing the signs and symptoms of concussions. The Delaware Athletic Trainers’ (DATA) a leading resource in concussion education for health care professionals, athletes, coaches and parents, announced today it has forged a relationship with Sport Safety International; , a medical consulting firm that specializes in providing expert advice in the area of sport safety and injury prevention, to help introduce “Concussion Wise™”.

Concussion Wise™ is an online concussion education program designed for athletic trainers, coaches, parents, athletes and other health care professionals.  The course will focus on the latest scientific and evidence based research of concussion education, prevention and management.  It covers amongst other things awareness, preparedness and prevention. Upon successful completion of any of the courses the participant will receive a certificate. The program will be made available immediately.

“The Delaware Athletic Trainers’ Association is proud to announce our partnership with Sport Safety International and our capability to provide this comprehensive concussion learning opportunity” stated

“We are very happy to be working with the DATA to offer a program that meets the needs of the DATA, its members and the Delaware community as a whole” said Dr. Robb Rehberg, a partner with Sport Safety International and author of the ConcussionWise™ program.  “The importance of education and teamwork in the recognition, treatment, and healing process of concussions cannot be overstated.” according to RehbergDan Watson, president of the Delaware Athletic Trainers’ Association . “This education program helps support the concussion law sign by Governor Markell in August, and ensures that everyone who is involved in concussion care can be educated with a quality course, “ continued Watson.

ConcussionWise™ courses are available at www.delata.org

Connecticut Athletic Trainers’ Association and Sport Safety International Partner to Offer Concussion Education

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Connecticut Athletic Trainers’ Association releases interactive online concussion education for all involved along the concussion continuum.

July 28, 2011—The Connecticut Athletic Trainers’ Association (CATA), a leading resource in concussion education for health care professionals, athletes, coaches and parents, announced today it has forged a relationship with Sport Safety International; , a medical consulting firm that specializes in providing expert advice in the area of sport safety and injury prevention, to help introduce “Concussion Wise™” an online concussion education program designed for athletic trainers, coaches, parents, athletes and other health care professionals.  The program will be made available immediately.

“Concussion Wise™” is designed to meet the educational needs of athletic trainers, coaches, parents, athletes and other health care providers throughout the nation

“Concussion Wise™” will focus on the latest scientific and evidence based research of concussion education, prevention and management.  Ad

ditionally the course is designed to provide help provide an understanding key point of concussion legislation in Connecticut.

“The demand for concussion education for the people along the concussion continuum has been accelerating over recent months,” said Vicky Graham, CATA President. “As an organization that fully supports Connecticut Public Act 10-62 (the Connecticut Concussion Act) and one of the leading resources in concussion education, it was important to the CATA to provide to our membership as well the public and other healthcare providers access to this comprehensive concussion online learning opportunity.”

“We are thrilled to be working with the CATA to offer a program that meets the needs of the CATA, its members and the Connecticut community as a whole” said Dr. Robb Rehberg, a partner with Sport Safety International and author of the ConcussionWise™ program. “The course provides a quality educational opportunity for all involved on the concussion continuum who may not have the time or flexibility in their schedules to attend additional symposiums or lectures”

ConcussionWise™ courses are available at http://www.CATA.org/

ABOUT THE CONNECTICUT ATHLETIC TRAINERS’ ASSOCIATION

The Connecticut Athletic Trainers’ Ass

ociation (CATA) strives to improve the quality of health care for athletes, patients and clients and enhance the profession of Athletic Training, through leadership, education, and cooperative efforts with other organizations and allied health professions.

Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers, health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities.

http://www.ctathletictrainers.org/

ABOUT SPORT SAFETY INTERNATIONAL

The mission of Sport Safety International is to promote injury prevention and safe participation in physical activity and sports by providing the highest quality educational programming to athletes, parents, coaches, and sports medicine professionals.

For more information please visit:  http://www.sportsafetyinternational.org/

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Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society releases interactive online concussion education for all involved along the concussion continuum.

November 4, 2011—As the high school football season heads into the playoff stretch and upcoming winter sports season begins The Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society (PATS), announced today that it has partnered with Sport Safety International;  a medical consulting firm that specializes in providing expert advice in the area of sport safety and injury prevention, to help introduce “Concussion Wise™” an online concussion education program designed for athletic trainers, coaches, parents, athletes and other health care professionals.  The program is available immediately.

The partnership coincides with the recent Pennsylvania Senate concurring on SB200, an act establishing standards for managing concussions and traumatic brain injuries to student-athletes; assigning duties to the Department of Health and the Department of Education; and imposing penalties. “The importance of SB 200 is that it helps in the recognition that concussions are serious brain injuries amongst  coaches, athletes, and parents,” stated Greg Janik PATS President.

While focusing on the latest scientific and evidence based research of concussion education, prevention and management, “Concussion Wise™” is designed to meet the educational needs of athletic trainers, coaches, parents, athletes and other health care providers throughout the nation.

According to Janik, “The Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society is excited to be able to offer this quality educational program, as it provides an opportunity for everyone who is involved in concussion management to be educated with a quality course.”  “As an organization that prides itself on protecting athletes, it was important to PATS to partner with Sport Safety International to provide this comprehensive concussion learning opportunity”, continued Janik.

“Sport Safety International looks forward to its partnership with PATS and understands how important it is to provide this quality concussion education to all those who are involved with concussion education and management in Pennsylvania” said Dr. Robb Rehberg, a partner with Sport Safety International and author of the ConcussionWise™ program. “The course provides a quality educational opportunity for all involved on the concussion continuum who may not have the time or flexibility in their schedules to attend additional symposiums or lectures.”

ConcussionWise™ courses are available at www.gopats.org.

ABOUT THE PENNSYLVANIA ATHLETIC TRAINERS’ SOCIETY

Athletic Trainers are multi-skilled health care professionals who are college educated to provide services for those who are physically active. At this time, Athletic Trainers have a minimum of a bachelors degree from a four-year accredited institution; however, more than forty percent of nationally certified Athletic Trainers in Pennsylvania have masters or doctoral degrees. Pennsylvania boasts one of the highest number of accredited Athletic Training Education Programs in the nation (20).

For more information please visit:  www.gopats.org

ABOUT SPORT SAFETY INTERNATIONAL

The mission of Sport Safety International is to promote injury prevention and safe participation in physical activity and sports by providing the highest quality educational programming to athletes, parents, coaches, and sports medicine professionals.

For more information please visit:  http://www.sportsafetyinternational.org/

Colorado Athletic Trainers’ Association and Sports Safety International Team Up on Concussion Education

 Partnership to offer online concussion education for all levels announced at National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting.

ST. LOUIS June 28, 2012—Colorado Athletic Trainers’ Association President  Coey Oshikoya and Sports Safety International Executive Director Dr. Robb Rehberg announced an agreement at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association to offer “ConcussionWise ™” an online concussion education program designed for coaches, parents, athletes, as well as athletic trainers and other health care providers.

Over 300,000 sports and recreational related concussions occur in the United States each year and 140,000 of these occur in high school athletes.  Concussions account for nearly 10% of all high school sports injuries.  Sports related concussions are frequently missed or not managed properly.

Coaches, parents, athletes, athletic trainers and other medical personnel should be active participants in the educational process and be able to properly recognize the signs and symptoms and the appropriate management of concussions. The course focuses on the latest scientific and evidence based research of concussion education, prevention and management.  It covers, amongst other things, awareness, preparedness and prevention. Upon successful completion of any of the courses the participants will receive a certificate.

“The Colorado Athletic Trainers’ Association is proud to announce our partnership with Sport Safety International and our capability to provide this education to the Colorado sports community” stated Oshikoya. “This education program helps support the concussion law sign by Governor Hickenlooper and enacted into law in January, 2012. It ensures that everyone who is involved in concussion care can be educated with a quality course, “ continued Oshikoya.

“We are very happy to be working with the CATA to offer a program that meets the needs of the CATA, its members and the Colorado community as a whole” said Rehberg, who is also the author of the ConcussionWise ™ program.  ConcussionWise™ provides the athletic community with an educational activity that increase sports concussion awareness and proper management.” The importance of education and teamwork in the recognition, treatment, and healing process of concussions cannot be overstated.” according to Rehberg

ConcussionWise™ courses are available at www.concussionwise.com

ABOUT SPORT SAFETY INTERNATIONAL

The mission of Sport Safety International is to promote injury prevention and safe participation in physical activity and sports by providing the highest quality educational programming to athletes, parents, coaches, and sports medicine professionals.

For more information please visit:  http://www.sportsafetyinternational.org