The Danger of Youth Sports
As a parent of a young athlete, you know firsthand the dangers of recreational sports, whether it’s an injury, bullying from other kids or bad behavior from fellow parents and coaches.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that nearly 4 million medical visits are tied to youth sports injuries annually. Coupled with 20 million reported annual school absentees and a growing list of personal injury claims, youth sports has seen a major drop in enrollment.
However, the CDC says that over 50% of youth sports injuries are preventable through education and awareness.
CoachSafely: PROTECTING YOUR YOUNG ATHLETE
CoachSafely is a safety policy and education solution created in 2015 to identify and rectify gaps in youth sports programming through comprehensive education that empowers parents and coaches to make the best decisions for their young athlete.
The Coach Safely Act is a law requiring all government or sub-government agencies in Alabama related to youth sports to train their coaches, ensuring that signs of injury are acknowledged and handled swiftly.
Partnerships with Community-Based Organizations
All members of the Alabama Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA) are encouraged to register and maintain reports on all coaches of athletes ages 14 and younger.
By partnering with the CoachSafely Foundation, Community-Based Organizations (CBO) receive discounting and joint-funding initiatives for CoachSafely coach certification. The CoachSafely course can be delivered online or in a classroom to members of the Alabama Recreation and Parks Association.
For underserved communities, grant programs to fund CoachSafely certifications are available. Please contact [email protected] for more information about our grant program application.
Urge More From Your Child’s Coach
According to the National Council of Youth Sports, over 45 million children, aged 14 and under, participate in recreational sports with a staggering 60 million being coached. The number of youth coaches in Alabama is estimated to be 60,000 and growing.
Therefore, it’s crucial that, as a parent, you urge the coaches of your young athlete to be CoachSafely certified. Once certified, they’ll be able to address any signs of injury before, during and after recreation.
If you wouldn’t leave your child at a pool without a lifeguard, why would you trust them with a coach who couldn’t protect them from injury?