Aug 12, 2020
NATA to Hold 3-Day Series to Help Return to Sports

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), in conjunction with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), recently announced a three-day virtual series to address growing concerns and confusion amid youth sports and recreational participation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The series, entitled “Play Informed Sports and Recreation Through the Pandemic”, will take place free of charge from August 11 through August 13, according to a press release from NATA. Medical professionals will provide practical resources, information, and hold conversations for parents about youth sports participation during the pandemic.

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Additionally, the three organizations collaborated to release the following parent-centric resources: Understanding Risk Related to COVID-19 and SportsSafety Checklist for Sports Participation during COVID-19, and Cloth Face Coverings in Youth Sport.

According to market research which involved more than 1,500 parents found that nearly 70 percent had youth athletes that were already playing or intended to let their child play once sports return. More than 96% of respondents desired additional information and guidance on how to return to sports and engage their youth athletes in sports as safely as possible during the pandemic. Based on these findings, the “Play Informed Sports and Recreation Through the Pandemic” virtual series seeks to provide parents with objective, research-based and practical recommendations related to sports and COVID-19 to make the best decisions for their family.

“This partnership is an extension of the natural collaboration that athletic trainers have with sports medicine physicians and pediatricians for the greater good of the patient. NATA is proud to partner with two extraordinary associations, AAP and AMSSM, to help families make smarter, more informed decisions and to share the various ways parents can partner with their local sports organizations to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when kids are playing sports,” said NATA President, Tory Lindley, MA, ATC, in the release.

“These webinars will provide thoughtful and timely information to parents, coaches and young participants involved in athletic activities at all levels during a very confusing time, and we are proud to take part in these important discussions,” said AMSSM President Tracy Ray, MD, FAMSSM, in the release.

» ALSO SEE: ACSM’s 12 Steps to Return Safely to Sports

Each session is a one-hour discussion with panelists from various medical professions, including pediatricians, sports medicine physicians, and athletic trainers asking frequently asked questions.

To find out more information and to register, click here. And to read the full press release from NATA, click here

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