The Opioid Crisis and Youth Sports

"Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illicit drug heroin as well as the licit prescription pain relievers oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl and others. Opioids are chemically related and interact with opioid receptors on nerve cells in the brain and nervous system to produce pleasurable effects and relieve pain. Addiction is a primary, chronic and relapsing brain disease characterized by an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. Of the 20.5 million Americans 12 or older that had a substance use disorder in 2015, 2 million had a substance use disorder involving prescription pain relievers and 591,000 had a subs

The TeamSafe​® Report #27

"Despite a 2014 recommendation from the Oklahoma Legislature that it develop a reporting and tracking system for student athletes who sustain concussions, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association collects no data related to head injuries." In today's world there is no reason not to have a simple yet complete data collection and injury management tool in school systems and youth sport leagues. Read more here ....

The TeamSafe® Report #26: Making Sure Kids Are Prepared if They Need Epinephrine Treatment

The FDA just made an announcement entitled Making Sure Kids Are Prepared if They Need Epinephrine Treatments in School. It discusses the importance of being prepared - that EpiPen®s are available and ready to use when needed - including during the school day. Well, what about while your child plays sports? If your child's teacher knows that your child needs an EpiPen®, the reasons why, what signs and symptoms to look for, and has it available (most probably via the nurse), wouldn't you want the same for your child's coach? Read more here.

The TeamSafe​® Report #25: Hundreds come to say final goodbyes to teen who died playing football

What a horrible headline! First, heartfelt condolences to the Miller family. Please see our updated Concussions are Brain Injuries section of the TeamSafe®Sports Youth Coach Safety Certification course. Please have a plan, a way to track and manage concussions. "The relationship between an athlete, a coach, an athletic trainer, and the parents can be a complicated one. When that communication fall apart the results can be life changing and the solution can seem impossible to find." Read more....

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