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How REPs Ensure Student Athlete Safety

April 07, 2023

National Youth Sports Safety Month is observed in April to raise awareness of sports injuries in children and to help parents, kids, and coaches learn how to avoid injuries. Recent news articles on the injuries, hospitalizations and even deaths of middle and high school athletes on playing fields continue to shine a light on the importance of youth sports safety.

We have partnered with the U.S. Council on Athlete Health (USCAH) and the National Athletic Trainers Association’s Intercollegiate Council on Sports Medicine (NATA-ICSM) to safeguard collegiate athlete safety and well-being. Together, we are implementing best practices for preventing catastrophic injury and death in collegiate athletes during training and conditioning programs. We are providing resources to ensure coaches and staff are properly educated and credentialed in injury prevention, environment management, and emergency readiness.

According to Dr. Brian Biagioli, Vice President of United States Registry of Exercise Professionals, “Most of the exertional injuries and deaths that occur on playing fields are preventable through compliance with best practices on training in program safety, environmental safety, and emergency action plans. We are exploring how we can apply the work that we have done for collegiate athletes to the pressing issue of middle and high school athlete safety and well-being.”

Learn more about our work to protect student athletes’ safety and well-being.