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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.

The Sports Institute & Seattle Marathon Get Kids Moving

Published by the UW Medicine Newsroom Partnership provides children with expanded opportunities to participate in the all-virtual 2020 Seattle Kids Marathon. The Sports Institute at UW Medicine and Seattle Marathon Association  today, Sept. 9,  announced a partnership to help children access even more opportunities to move this fall. This collaboration unites two existing programs - The Daily Mile™, an initiative led by The Sports Institute in Washington state elementary schools, and the Seattle Kids Marathon.  The partnership  will help build awareness of low-cost opportunities for kids and families to stay active during the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s Seattle Kids Marathon will be held virtually (October 1 - December...

The Sports Institute’s Exercise Rx App Helps Patients Get Moving

Originally published in The Huddle By Angela Cabotaje We all know that physical activity is good for us, but who is actually fitting in those recommended minutes of movement each week? According to the government’s Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, not many of us. In fact, most American adults — around 80% — do not meet key guidelines for aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity. That’s why Cindy Lin, MD, FACSM, associate director of clinical innovation for The Sports Institute at UW Medicine, and Sara Mosiman, MBA, associate director of The Sports Institute, are developing new ways to make movement more accessible for patients and easier for providers to prescribe in...

New Recommendations Steer Doctors Away from Opioids to Treat Pain in Adolescent Athletes

Athletes at all levels and ages commonly experience pain during practice and in competition. Identifying and appropriately managing acute and chronic pain is fundamental for short- and long-term health. This is especially true for adolescent athletes in whom inadequate or inappropriate pain management can lead to a lifetime of consequences including an increased risk of opioid misuse. A team physician consensus statement just released by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), The Sports Institute and four other professional sports medicine organizations shares guidelines to identify and manage pain in athletes ages 10 to 18. It urges team physicians and...

Boost Your Immunity with Physical Activity

Looking for ways to improve your health? Physical activity enhances the immune system, improves mood, increases strength and is vital to our health and well-being. Hear from institute faculty members Drs. Cindy Lin and Sara Chrisman on the importance of physical activity for youth and adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

The Daily Mile During Remote Learning

We know the school year is going to look very different compared to last year, but no matter how students learn, The Daily Mile can have the same positive impact. The big picture: Physical activity is essential for kids. Research shows it can boost the immune system, improve mood and fitness, and so much more – all things our kids need to stay healthy through this challenging time.  The bottom line: We can’t change many of the things that make learning at home difficult, but we can put one proven idea to work – schedule time for children to move every day....

The Sports Institute Launches Educational Film

Originally published by The Huddle The Sports Institute at UW Medicine produced a short educational film demonstrating new, recommended techniques for treating athletes with a suspected cervical spine injury. These recommendations are made in two peer-reviewed papers written by the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Spine Injury in Sport Group, including The Sports Institute’s senior medical director and co-founder, Stanley Herring, MD, with support from the NCAA and Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center (HIPRC). As The Sports Institute works to expand participation and safety in sports, it has focused on educating parents, athletes, coaches and medical personnel on best practices in sports safety. "Spine...

How to Exercise When You’re Working From Home

Originally posted on Right as Rain by UW Medicine By Angela Cabotaje Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the typical office job has changed drastically. Now instead of fighting traffic, rushing between meetings and popping out of the office for a much-needed coffee break, you’re enjoying the shortest commute ever and jumping into virtual meetings with time to spare. While this new teleworking thing has definite advantages — “real pants,” we hardly remember thee — it’s not without its drawbacks, too. Mainly, the fact that you’re spending hours hunched over your laptop each day and logging a low number of steps. “The pandemic has had a...

JAT Chat | Consensus on the Prehospital Care of Athletes With Suspected Cervical Spine Injuries

Dr. Stanley Herring, Co-Founder of The Sports Institute, joined the Journal of Athletic Training’s JAT Chat to discuss his co-authored publications Consensus Recommendations on the Prehospital Care of the Injured Athlete With a Suspected Catastrophic Cervical Spine Injury and Best Practices and Current Care Concepts in Prehospital Care of the Spine-Injured Athlete in American Tackle Football. Joining him are fellow co-authors Ron Courson, ATC, PT, NRAEMT, CSCS (University of Georgia), James Ellis, MD, FACEP (University of South Carolina) and Brianna M. Mills, MA, PhD (Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center). Listen below!   ...

Introduction: Technology and Partnerships

Originally published on Physician's Insurance By Cindy Lin, MD and Shwetak Patel, PhD Over the past decades, clinical science and medicine have brought an explosion of knowledge, unprecedented ability to diagnose and predict certain diseases, improved management of previously fatal conditions, and groundbreaking innovation in precision therapies and surgeries. Despite these advances, healthcare is challenged in such basic dimensions as quality and outcomes, cost, scalability, and equity. COVID-19 has transformed healthcare by forcing the rapid adoption of telemedicine and boosting the need for technology—for both providers and patients. The pandemic and its associated mortality have cast light on socioeconomic and racial inequities...