NYSHSI Partners

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

About ACSM

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


Sanford Health

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



About fit

fit is a health activation program from Sanford Health, developed to empower children and parents to make healthy lifestyle choices that help prevent childhood obesity. fit connects four keys to healthy living: RECHARGE, MOOD, FOOD and MOVE. Being fit is not just about what you eat and drink or how you move, being fit is about having the right mindset and enough energy to be able to choose healthy foods and to be active. fit is comprised of a system of resources and programs including school programs, daycare training, mobile apps, and websites showcasing fun, interesting, and useful content developed in collaboration with WebMD. The fit platform was developed using a combination of the latest scientific and behavioral research designed to educate, motivate, and inspire children of all ages to live a balanced, healthy lifestyle. The National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute and fit are joining forces to strategize and build phase two of the fit health activation program that will be geared toward young athletes and sports stakeholders in club, junior and high school sports. For more information, visit


U.S. Center for SafeSport

About U.S. Center for SafeSport

The National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute, American College of Sports Medicine, and U.S. Center for SafeSport have collaborated to develop resources for youth sports stakeholders. The U.S. Center for SafeSport is an independent 501c(3) non-profit organization focused on ending all forms of abuse in sport. We endeavor to make athlete well-being the centerpiece of the nation’s sports culture through abuse prevention, education, and accountability. The Center opened its doors in Denver, Colorado, in March 2017, and soon after became federally authorized under the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 (which became Public Law No: 115-126 on February 14, 2018). Under this law, resources and policies are developed to safeguard athletes from bullying, harassment, hazing, physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and sexual misconduct. The law entrusts the Center as the exclusive authority to respond to reports of allegations of sexual abuse and sexual misconduct within the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee and their recognized National Governing Bodies (NGBs). The Center is a trusted educational resource for all sport entities at all levels of sport from grassroots amateur sports organizations to professional leagues. For more information, visit


Datalys Center

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