Organized sports bring health benefits to children but the lure of a college scholarship or future professional sports career may tempt kids to ignore pain and injuries, with the result of lifelong injuries or even worse.
To protect one of America’s most treasured traditions — amateur and professional sports — we must also assure that they are played safely, and that when inevitable injuries occur, someone knows what to do. Safety measures are not costly when compared with the tens of thousands — even hundreds of thousands — of dollars spent on sporting events. The investment in a healthy future for student athletes will pay dividends in better students, reduced medical bills and lives free from pain. YSSA has created a National Action Plan for Sports Safety (pdf) to give specific guidelines to policymakers about the steps that will accomplish the goal of making America's sports programs safer for young athletes.