Every year the number of youth athletes increases, as do the number of injuries sustained by them. We are steadily learning more and more about the risks and dangers involved in concussions. Every year we learn of heart related deaths in youth athletes that could have been prevented. Children sustain injuries regularly in sports and are allowed to return to activity because there is no one on the sideline qualified to properly assess them. Only about 42% of schools have access to a qualified health care professional who is capable of assessing and making return-to-participation decisions, and almost no youth leagues, recreational facilities or other venues have anyone.
Athletic Trainers are health care professionals that are fully trained to evaluate and care for all athletic injuries, including concussions. Most coaches have basic first aid training at best, and they are often the only ones on the sidelines to help athletes when they are injured. Having an athletic trainer present helps increase athlete safety by having someone qualified to properly access injury and make a well educated decision whether it is safe for an athlete to return to practice or competition. An athletic trainer is 8 times more likely to detect the presence of a concussion when it first happens and remove an athlete from activity before further damage can be done. They are also more likely to detect signs of heat illness and other injury much quicker than a coach, official or anyone else present at a game. So why is it that less than 42% of our schools and almost no youth leagues have an athletic trainer present? Please help change this by signing the petition: (This is a new petition started on 3/8/13)
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/ensure-youth-athletes-have-direct-access-athletic-trainer/BC9z8WNj ****After signing it offers chance to share link on Facebook and Twitter, but the link only goes to main petition page and not to this specific page. Better to copy the link and then paste to Twitter or Facebook yourself****
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Be ready, National Athletic Training Month (Every Body Needs an Athletic Trainer) is almost here. More coming soon…