Diamond named to NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory CommitteeOct. 24, 2019, 10:26 AM
by Jessica Pasley
Alex Diamond, DO, MPH, associate professor of Pediatrics and Orthopaedic Surgery and director of the Program for Injury Prevention in Youth Sports (PIPYS), has been named to the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Sports Medicine Advisory Committee.
Diamond, who serves as the team physician for Vanderbilt University, the Nashville Predators and the Nashville Sounds, is one of six physicians from across the country on the committee and was nominated by the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA). He will serve a four-year term.
“I’m looking forward to taking on the challenge of helping to provide recommendations that ensure a safe and positive sports experience for the students from all 50-member state athletic associations,” Diamond said. “For adolescents and the communities in which they live, the short- and long-term value of high quality, education-based, high school athletics and activities is tremendous and far ranging.
“I’m grateful to the TSSAA for our work together and the nomination. I hope our work at the NFHS will bolster the opportunity for fair and injury-free play for our young people back home in Tennessee.”
The advisory committee provides information, vision, guidance and best practices to the NFHS, which focuses on the health and safety of students participating in interscholastic sports and activities.
Created in 1920, NFHS serves as the recognized national authority for high school sports and performing arts activities — reaching more than 19,500 high schools, 12 million high school activity program participants and more than 7.9 million high school athletes.
The organization conducts national meetings, sanctions interstate events, sponsors professional organizations for high school coaches, officials, speech and debate coaches and music adjudicators, serves as the national source for interschol-astic coach training and is a national information resource of interscholastic athletics and activities.