The American College of Sports Medicine and Sanford Health have embarked on a partnership that holds great promise for youth athletes and those who work with and care about them. In May 2011, the two organizations came together and agreed to create the National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute.
American College of Sports Medicine
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. More than 45,000 international, national, and regional members and certified professionals are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.
ACSM-led health initiatives include Exercise is Medicine®, a global partnership dedicated to making physical activity and exercise part of everyone’s health care plan. Seven Regional Centers worldwide are dedicated to bringing together leaders in sports science, medicine, and health care at regional and national levels to network and cooperate on capacity-building projects for advocacy, research, education, and training. For more information, visit www.acsm.org.
About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas. It is one of the largest health systems in the nation with 43 hospitals and nearly 250 clinics in nine states and three countries. Sanford Health’s 27,000 employees, including 1,400 physicians, make it the largest employer in the Dakotas.
Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford have allowed for several initiatives, including global children’s clinics, genomic medicine and specialized centers researching cures for type 1 diabetes, breast cancer and other diseases. For more information, visit sanfordhealth.org.
About Datalys Center
The National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute (NYSHSI) and The Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention (Datalys Center) have joined forces to create a better environment for youth sports by advancing relevant new research and providing resources and leadership to enhance health and safety for all participants. NYSHSI announced a Call to Action for a new model of development for youth sports. Youth sports programs face many complex issues and challenges in today’s fast-paced and overscheduled world. NYSHSI will propose a new model for athlete development that will work with youth, parents, sport governing bodies and other stakeholders to ensure young athletes and their families can enjoy sports in a safe, more appropriate and healthy manner while still having an opportunity to reach individual athletic success. The comprehensive injury surveillance and translation capacity of the Datalys Center is essential in assisting NYSHSI to develop an evidence-based model and improve the current culture of youth sports. Combining the Datalys Center’s technical capacity and expertise with the Institute’s ability to advance and disseminate the latest research and evidence-based education, recommendations and policy will enhance both organizations’ missions to ultimately make sports safer and more enjoyable for our nation’s youth. Through this strategic partnership, NYSHSI and the Datalys Center seek to collaborate on injury surveillance research, education and policy with various stakeholders to enhance the overall health and safety of youth in sports. For more information, visit www.datalyscenter.org.