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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.

NATIONAL ATHLETIC TRAINERS’ ASSOCIATION RELEASES CONSENSUS RECOMMENDATIONS AND BEST PRACTICES FOR EMERGENCY PREHOSPITAL CARE OF SPINE-INJURED ATHLETES IN AMERICAN FOOTBALL

Originally posted by NATA Wednesday, June 24 DALLAS, TX – Sports at every level are re-evaluating the safety of play going into this summer and fall. In addition to COVID-19 considerations, the awareness of the critical nature of athlete safety and emergency preparedness is at an all-time high. Sports participation is among the leading causes of catastrophic cervical spine injury (CSI) in the United States. This injury can have devastating and long-lasting effects on athletes and their families. Evidence-based care is essential to maximize the potential for positive outcomes. Two articles stemming from meetings of the Spine Injury in Sport Group (SISG) were...

VIDEO: Spine Injury in Sport – Managing On-Field Cervical Spine Injuries

At The Sports Institute, we work to expand participation and safety in sports. In an effort to educate parents, coaches and medical personnel on best practices in sports safety, we produced a short educational film demonstrating new, recommended techniques for emergent treatment of athletes with a suspected cervical spine injury. These recommendations are made in two peer-reviewed papers written by the NATA Spine Injury in Sport Group and published in the Journal of Athletic Training. Watch the film below and read the manuscripts at cspinefilm.com. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQe83lVD-bg...

Are Kids’ Summer Activities Canceled This Year? Here’s What To Expect

Originally posted by Romper Most of us have lost count of what day or week it is at this point in the pandemic. What we do know for certain is that we're now officially heading into summer. School for most of the United States is out, kids are (still) home, and parents are scratching their heads trying to decide what is and isn’t safe to do. Can you sign them up for swim lessons? Is tennis too risky? Do we need to sanitize the basketball after every bounce pass with the neighbor kid? Are kids' summer activities still happening this year? As with...

Exercise Rx – Physical Activity During the COVID Pandemic

Physical inactivity is a global crisis that has only worsened with the presence of COVID-19. In this presentation, Cindy Lin, MD, FACSM, Associate Director of Clinical Innovation for The Sports Institute, presents a UW Medicine Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Grand Rounds lecture on Physical Activity and the COVID-19 Pandemic. She discusses the physical inactivity crisis, the role of exercise and health, and physical activity solutions during the pandemic. The Sports Institute at UW Medicine works to expand participation and safety in sports. Our work builds a positive cycle of physical activity, and Exercise Rx is an initiative of that work. Learn...

Taylor Sekyra Finds Passion Off the Pitch

The Sports Institute at UW Medicine brings together experts in science and technology to advance participation and safety in sports through evidence-based research. So when Sekyra made her way to SAAS that morning after practice, she knew she wasn’t going to be practicing headers or defensive tackles, but her interview skills....

Lincoln students are taking a mile-long break from schoolwork

School can be stressful, and sometimes it is important for students to clear their heads. Lincoln Elementary School is organizing The Daily Mile, a way to get students some exercise. Students do not actually have to run a mile, but they need to keep moving for 15 minutes at whatever pace they are comfortable. It is called The Daily Mile because a student running should be able to run a mile in the time....

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....