I recently found out about the National Center for Sports Safety (NCSS), which was founded to promote the importance of injury prevention and safety on all levels of youth sports through education and research. The NCSS focuses on decreasing the number and severity of injuries through developing and teaching sports safety courses and collecting, analyzing and researching injury data.
HISTORY of NCSS
The NCSS was founded by renowned orthopedic surgeon Lawrence J. Lemak, M.D. in 2001 to promote the importance of injury prevention and safety on all levels of youth sports through education and research.
The vision of the NCSS is to standardize the level of care available to athletes on and off the playing field. By educating youth coaches in sports safety techniques and skills, they will gain the knowledge and confidence to prevent and respond to injuries and emergency situations appropriately until professional help arrives.
In 2004, the NCSS in conjunction with the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), launched a comprehensive sports safety course called PREPARE. The course, which is available online at http://www.sportssafety.org/prepare/course/, is targeted at volunteer coaches and parents, many of whom have no formal training and need the basics in sports safety education. PREPARE covers everything from minor blisters and ankle sprains to life-threatening head and neck injuries. In approximately two-three hours, coaches and parents learn vital skills that could help save a child’s life.