Safe Kids USA and Johnson & Johnson to Air Webcast on Sports Injuries

Filed under: In The News, Health & Safety: Big Kids, Health & Safety: Tweens, Health & Safety: Teens

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Johnson & Johnson are sponsoring a webcast May 2 at 12 p.m., to educate parents of children ages 5 to 14 about sports injury prevention. Credit: Getty Images

If your child gets injured playing sports, do you know what to do?

Don't worry. Neither do at least 40 percent of parents, according to a survey by Safe Kids USA and Johnson & Johnson. Only 35 percent say their child plays sports with a certified athletic trainer. And only 29 percent feel the coach knows how to prevent sports injuries.

That's why Safe Kids USA and Johnson & Johnson are sponsoring a webcast at 12 p.m. EST on May 2, to educate parents of children ages 5 to 14 about sports injury prevention.

The webcast will be streamed from the Safe Kids USA Facebook page. RSVPs are being accepted.

The panel includes:

  • Steve Young, former NFL quarterback
  • Dr. Angela Mickalide, director of research and programs for Safe Kids Worldwide
  • Dr. Gerard Gioia, director of the SCORE Concussion Program at Children's National Medical Center
  • Dr. Douglas Casa, chief operating officer for the Korey Stringer Institute at the University of Connecticut
According to Safe Kids USA, more than 3.5 million children age 14 and younger are treated for sports-related injuries each year, and as many as half of these injuries -- including concussions, dehydration, heat stroke and sprains -- are preventable.

"This epidemic of youth injuries hasn't happened overnight. It's a cultural change," William Levine, a physician and the incoming chair of STOP Sports Injuries, tells USA Today. His organization is made up of physicians who want to make sports safe for kids.

Levine adds that sports have gone from a seasonal activity for kids in the past 10 years to a lifestyle. When one sport ends, another begins.

Jean Rickerson, a mother and founder of SportsConcussions.org, tells the newspaper it will take another movement to eliminate the parents' knowledge gap.

"We're changing a culture and the culture doesn't change overnight," she says.

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