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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.

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....

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...