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We’re working on a number of initiatives to expand participation and safety in sports. See what we’re up to.

Inside the big business and high pressure of youth sports

TODAY with Hoda & Jenna dives into the competitive nature of youth sports, talking to young players, their parents and other experts about the financial and time commitments, sports-related injuries and more. Our Director, Dr. Samuel Browd, joined them to discuss sports specialization, emergency action plans, and the risks of physical inactivity....

Why the next big prescription medicine might be exercise

Imagine you’re at your annual wellness exam. You get your blood pressure checked and your respiratory rate measured. You chat with your provider about your eating and drinking habits, how well you’re sleeping and how stressed you feel. Then comes a seemingly basic question: How much physical activity are you getting each week? Turns out, this question can have huge implications for your health. By hearing how you respond, your provider may suggest ways you can incorporate more exercise into your life — even going so far as to actually prescribe you exercise....

The Daily Mile Foundation and The Sports Institute at UW Medicine Partner to Launch The Daily Mile in Schools Across the United States

The Daily Mile Foundation and The Sports Institute at UW Medicine announce the launch of The Daily Mile in the United States. The Daily Mile is a free, school program, developed in the United Kingdom, that encourages children to run or jog – at their own pace – for fifteen minutes every day to improve their health, concentration and learning. Nearly 10,000 schools and more than 1.9 million students around the world participate in The Daily Mile, now including schools and students across the United States....

Lift Barriers to Youth Sports and Physical Activity

By Samuel Browd, as originally posted by the Seattle Times Earlier this year, the American College of Sports Medicine ranked Seattle second in the 2019 American Fitness Index of healthiest cities. But, as we learned from this month’s State of Play: Seattle-King County report, our most important residents are being left behind. The Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program and colleagues at the University of Washington Center for Leadership in Athletics assessed the current state of play for youth physical activity in the region and leveled a harsh grade. Less than 20% of youth in King County get the Centers for Disease Control...

Law that gives trainers authority to pull players at center of effort to combat concussions

In 2006, playing in a middle school football game, Lystedt suffered a blow to his head. He returned to the game and was hit again, this time suffering a catastrophic brain injury that had him on life support for a week. His recovery required intense physical therapy. It was nine months before he could speak. It was two years before doctors could remove his feeding tube...

Healthy Living: Youth soccer pilot program teaches kids how to ‘be in the air’ to reduce risk of concussions

When we think about injuries on the soccer field, concussions often come to mind. Experts say most concussions in soccer come from a collision with the ground or another player and not from actually heading the ball. That's why researchers at The Sports Institute at UW Medicine launched a pilot program called Aerial, to teach kids how to head the ball properly...

10 Years Ago: Lystedt Concussion Law Makes Sports Safer

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the Zackery Lystedt Law, the first comprehensive law in the United States designed to reduce concussion risk and protect student athletes after head injuries....

Youth Football Concussion Rate is 5%, Study Finds

New research from UW Medicine's Sports Health and Safety Institute and Seattle Children’s Research Institute found concussion rates among football players ages 5 to 14 were higher than previously reported, with five out of every 100 youth, or 5 percent, sustaining a football-related concussion each season...