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Safe Stars expanding to include private schools

Jun. 29, 2023—The Safe Stars youth sports safety rating system is expanding to include private schools and community youth sports organizations participating on public property.

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Keeping safety in forefront key to successful sports season

Aug. 28, 2020—For weeks, coaches have put athletes through an endless series of drills in hopes that the repeated exercises will lead to a mastery of the skills. Their ultimate goal — wins. While plays and routes will become second nature to student athletes, there are a few additional skills that need to be in the lineup — ones that can ultimately save lives.

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Tennessee first state to set up safety ratings for youth sports leagues

Jun. 22, 2017—A new rating system called Safe Stars will soon allow parents to check and see if youth sports leagues in Tennessee follow state-recommended safety protocols.

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Conference to feature national leaders on youth sports safety

Jun. 1, 2017—People committed to making youth sports safer will meet in Nashville July 13-14 for a biennial event that has become one of the nation’s premier conferences on the topic.

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Research shows youth sports hazing victims often in denial

May. 5, 2016—The true incidence of hazing in youth sports is unknown because victims don’t report the mistreatment or fail to recognize it as hazing, according to a review of scientific literature on the subject by a team of Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) researchers.

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Youth sports meeting outlines need for attention to safety

Apr. 7, 2016—Even though Tennessee has laws and policies in place to protect young athletes from sports-related fatalities, more diligence is needed to abide by them, said Alex Diamond, D.O., MPH.

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Diamond advocates nationally for youth sports health, safety

Mar. 19, 2015—Alex Diamond, D.O., MPH, director of the Program for Injury Prevention in Youth Sports (PIPYS) and assistant professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation and Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, continues to be a national advocate for youth sports safety. Representing the American Academy of Pediatrics, he was part of an 11-person workgroup charged with developing...

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Concussion Center reaching beyond school-based sports

Mar. 19, 2015—For more than four years, the Vanderbilt Sports Concussion Center has offered state-of-the-art care to athletes at all levels. Now the Concussion Center is increasing services for non-school-based athletes, which includes local recreational leagues or travel teams, or sports like gymnastics, martial arts and equestrian. “The public is becoming so much more aware of concussion,...

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AAP honors Gregory’s efforts for concussion legislation in Tennessee

Oct. 23, 2014—The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recognized Andrew Gregory, M.D., associate professor of Pediatrics and Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, with a Special Achievement Award for leadership in passing concussion-related legislation. Gregory and colleagues at Vanderbilt Sports Concussion Center advocated for legislation establishing return to play guidelines and concussion training for...

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Diamond elected to executive AAP committee

May. 1, 2014—Alex Diamond, D.O., MPH, has been elected to a three-year term on the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness. The 11-member Executive Committee is a panel of sports medicine experts tasked with developing educational programs, policy statements and reports related to youth sports and fitness. The Council...

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Vanderbilt Partners with TSSAA to provide sports medicine coverage at all championship games

Aug. 29, 2013—The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) has partnered with Vanderbilt Sports Medicine and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt to provide sports medicine coverage at all championship games. Under the agreement, Vanderbilt be the official sports medicine provider and will supply certified athletic trainers and on-site medical support at all state high school championship sporting...

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Free conference on youth sports safety for parents, coaches, nurses

Jul. 3, 2013—Youth coaches, athletic trainers, teachers, school nurses and parents of young athletes are invited to attend the Youth Sports Safety Conference hosted by the Program for Injury Prevention in Youth Sports at Vanderbilt. This informative free event will take place Monday, July 22, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Montgomery Bell Academy. Lunch will be provided. Leading...

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