KnP_Buddywhelmet_300x212_ATLANTA- Former U.S. Surgeon General and Director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine, Dr. David Satcher, will convene a Satcher, will convene a panel of more than twenty of the nation’s experts to tackle traumatic brain injury in young athletes. The National Council on Youth Sports Safety (NCYSS) will direct Protecting Athletes and Sports Safety (PASS), a two-year initiative to combat the incidence of catastrophic injury among young athletes. Dr. Eliot Sorel, Clinical Professor of Global Health and Health Services and Management at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, will co-chair the council with Satcher.

The council’s formation follows a successful conference on youth sports safety held in Washington D.C. in November 2013, which gathered more than 100 national leaders to discuss brain development and wellness, media, and public policy. In addition, attendees heard the perspectives of Allison Kasacavage, 16, and Ian Heaton, 17, two students who suffered traumatic brain injuries while playing organized sports.

In its first year, the NCYSS will meet quarterly to review existing research, explore alternative solutions, and develop a strategic plan for the implementation of a national set of guidelines on youth sports safety. The second year will include a best practices tour where the public will be provided with opportunities to learn about scientific and technological advancements, effective coaching and training techniques, and contribute feedback on methods that have led to a decline in injury in their respective communities. “For several years now, we at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine have been working with former NFL players who have suffered concussions throughout their careers and have problems or concerns related to that experience,” says Satcher, who also serves as a Mental Health Advisor to the National Football League. “The creation of the National Council on Youth Sports Safety represents an opportunity to protect children by preventing those traumatic experiences while encouraging them to be physically active. It brings together parents, coaches, policymakers, and other key individuals to work together toward the goal of prevention,
and we enthusiastically look forward to this work.”

Click here to see full list of experts named to the Council (NYCSS).

The council will host its first meeting in Atlanta in February 2014.

For more information on Protecting Athletes and Sports Safety, visit www.youthsportssafety.org.

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