American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
Medical Organizations Team Up to Help Parents and Caregivers Navigate Return to Sports and Recreation during COVID-19 Pandemic
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Medical Society For Sports Medicine (AMSSM) and National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) have joined forces to address growing concerns and confusion amid youth sports and recreation participation during the coronavirus pandemic. “Play Informed Sports and Recreation Through the Pandemic” is a free virtual series – Aug. 11-13 – where medical professionals will provide practical resources, actionable information and meaningful conversations for parents and caregivers about youth sports participation during the pandemic. This series is part of an overall initiative, by three leaders in health care, to expand and strengthen collaboration and coordination during the ongoing response to COVID-19, and to support safe participation for youth, coaches and spectators, when appropriate, during an often-changing sports landscape.
As a complement to the virtual series, three parent-focused resources are also released today: Understanding Risk Related to COVID-19 and Sports, Safety Checklist for Sports Participation during COVID-19 and Cloth Face Coverings in Youth Sport.
Market research, initiated by the three associations, with more than 1,500 parent respondents, found that almost 70% had youth athletes that were already playing or intended to let their child participate fully as soon as sports return. More than 27% of parents were unsure if their child should return to sports. More than 96% of respondents desired additional information and guidance on how to return to sports and engage their youth athletes in sports as safely as possible during the pandemic. Based on these findings, the “Play Informed Sports and Recreation Through the Pandemic” virtual series seeks to provide parents with objective, research-based and practical recommendations related to sports and COVID-19 to make the best decisions for their family.
“This partnership is an extension of the natural collaboration that athletic trainers have with sports medicine physicians and pediatricians for the greater good of the patient. NATA is proud to partner with two extraordinary associations, AAP and AMSSM, to help families make smarter, more informed decisions and to share the various ways parents can partner with their local sports organizations to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when kids are playing sports,” said NATA President, Tory Lindley, MA, ATC.
“These webinars will provide thoughtful and timely information to parents, coaches and young participants involved in athletic activities at all levels during a very confusing time, and we are proud to take part in these important discussions,” said AMSSM President Tracy Ray, MD, FAMSSM.
“We know children benefit from sports in ways that go above and beyond fitness, and it’s important to make sure these activities are done safely,” said AAP President Sara Goza, MD, FAAP. “Parents will need to ask questions, based on their child’s sport of choice, that take into account safety measures, such as physical distancing, whether equipment is shared and if activities are outdoors or indoors. These are just a few of the questions that the experts are addressing to help families make the right decisions for themselves.”
The 3-day, one hour virtual series will feature panel discussions with medical professionals, including pediatricians, sports medicine physicians and athletic trainers addressing commonly asked questions by parents, caregivers and athletes. The series will be moderated by Founder and Publisher of MVP Parent Magazine, Rich Dubin. Parents and caregivers can find out more and register to join. Space is limited.
Date: Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 7-8 p.m. CST
During this session, experts will explain the risks and benefits of playing sports during COVID-19, including the physical, mental and psychosocial effects. Experts will help parents make an informed decision about sports participation by understanding the various factors that make a sport or activity more or less risky, and outline the variables that effect the spectrum of risk in sports during this time.
Date: Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 7-8 p.m. CST
During this session, experts will describe safety precautions that families and athletes should take prior to participation and before, during and after a practice or game. Additionally, they will describe health and safety requirements that parents should expect from their child’s team.
Date: Thursday, Aug. 13 at 7-8 p.m. CST
This session will provide an opportunity for engagement and discussion for parents of elite athletes who are progressing towards playing sports at collegiate levels and beyond. Experts will discuss topics that are unique to this population, provide information from trusted sources so that parents and youth athletes can make informed decisions about participation during this time.
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