The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and Sanford Health, an integrated health care system based in Fargo, N.D. and Sioux Falls, S.D., have combined forces to create the National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute. Thursday's announcement was made in Washington, DC, by ACSM and Sanford Health and was attended by South Dakota Senator John Thune and North Carolina Representative Mike McIntyre, "both champions of youth sports and safety."
An ACSM press release says the new organiztion will become,
the recognized national leader and advocate for developing, advancing and disseminating comprehensive research, education, recommendations, guidelines and policy to enhance the experience, development, health and safety of children and adolescents involved in sports and physical activity.
Initially the focus will be in four areas of youth sports and safety:
--Mild traumatic brain injury/concussion;
--Heat illness and injury;
--Overuse/overload and injury risk; and
--Unique clinical conditions in youth athletic populations, such as Type 1 diabetes, eating disorders, sickle cell trait, etc