The August edition of ASBJ, now online, arrives at the same time many school athletic programs are gearing up. And while we wish every team a great season, our main concern and our cover package, is focused on keeping students safe. Toward this end, the cover story provides some insight on youth concussions, which despite growing attention and state legislation, remains a largely misunderstood injury. A tandem article, written by Orange County Superintendent of Schools William Habermehl, provides a first-hand account of the risks and precautions that districts and schools need to take to protect their student athletes. Rounding out the series is an examination of another athletic safeguard of sorts— booster club funds, which increasingly subsidize athletic participation at schools. Read these and other great features from the August issue, now available online.
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Whether because districts are being forced to reduce programs or eliminate them completely, school athletics have made headlines consistently lately. Just as important as making them available to developing and aspiring young athletes, sports need to be a structured and safe activity, so that students can enjoy the benefits of play without the negative consequences of injuries.
Just last week, the National Athletic Trainers called attention to the rapid increase in catastrophic sports injuries among students— injuries that result in death or permanent disability. Sadly, at least 115 sports-related deaths have occurred in 33 states in the past two years.
We’ve written about keeping student athletes safe before and in this month’s edition, research columnist Susan Black devotes much needed space to the highly preventable, yet continuing occurence of sports concussions.
If done right and supervised well, playing sports doesn’t always mean risking injuries. Find out what steps and precautions you can take to keep athletics the safe and worthwhile activity its always been.