News & Events

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

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

The Sports Institute at UW Medicine produced a short educational film demonstrating new, recommended techniques for treating athletes with a suspected cervical spine injury....

How to Exercise When You’re Working From Home

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....

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

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 in healthcare. The current system is unsustainable, and we must innovate to improve it....

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...