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GIRLS in Sports: It Really Matters

From the Show: Train Your Body
Summary: A number of institutions and health centers around the nation are leading the charge for equity and opportunities for girls and women in sports.
Air Date: 2/25/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Mike Bergeron, PhD
Michael BergeronMichael F. Bergeron, Ph.D., FACSM, is the Executive Director of the National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute and a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota at the Sanford USD Medical Center. He also has an appointment as a Senior Scientist in Sanford Children's Health Research Center. Internationally recognized for his research and leadership in exercise-heat stress and youth athletic health, Dr. Bergeron is a Fellow and past Trustee of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and is currently a member of the National Federation of State High School Associations Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the Academic Advisory Board for the International Olympic Committee postgraduate Diploma Program in Sports Medicine. Dr. Bergeron serves as an Editorial Board member for the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism and Journal of Athletic Training. He also serves as a clinical and scientific consultant to the WTA (Women's Tennis Association) professional tour medical services.
 GIRLS in Sports: It Really Matters
GIRLS (Giving Individuals the Right Landing Strategy) in Sports MattersSM.

A number of institutions and health centers around the nation are leading the charge for equity and opportunities for girls and women in sports.

The NYSHSI GIRLS in Sports MattersSM is a national coalition championed by a core group of clinical and research leaders in sports bio-mechanics, physical activity, motor development and pediatrics. It is comprised of a myriad of youth sports governing bodies and sports medicine and athletic associations who want to be involved and play an integral contributing role.

Through research, education, training and advocacy, the coalition develops consensus and delivers a powerful and impactful national message and strategy supported by evidence-based recommendations to help girls develop more optimal movement strategies earlier, in order to be better prepared for sports and physical activity for life.

The GIRLS in Sports MattersSM initiative focuses on and promotes physical activity, healthy youth athlete development, fitness, and injury risk reduction specific to girls; particularly as they enter and go through the rapidly changing and individualized period of transition from childhood through adolescence. 

Mike Bergeron, PhD, joins Melanie Cole, MS, to share more about the initiative and how you can get your girls active and let them play.

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