Preventable Injuries & the Parent Pledge

From the Show: Train Your Body
Summary: The responsibility of encouraging and implementing a healthier pathway to athletic success falls on the shoulders of all stakeholders in youth sports – especially PARENTS.
Air Date: 12/10/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Michael F. 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.

Dr. Bergeron has worked with numerous youth, collegiate, and professional athletes on appropriately and safely enhancing athletic capacity and resilience by providing individualized and sport-specific training and nutrition/hydration guidance, with a particular emphasis on preparation, competition, and recovery strategies in the heat and helping athletes to avoid exertional heat illness and injury. Because of his recognized expertise and reputation among athletes, coaches and sport and sports medicine governing bodies, Dr. Bergeron has been regularly featured in myriad national television, radio, online and print media and publications.

Dr. Bergeron's current research is focused on the effects of exercise in the heat and thermal strain on neuro-muscular control and injury risk, as well as glycemic control in youth athletes with type-1 diabetes. The institute is also examining thermo-regulatory and other physiological and autonomic characteristics associated with mild traumatic brain injury and recovery.
Preventable Injuries & the Parent Pledge
The responsibility for encouraging and implementing a healthier and sustainable pathway to athletic success falls on the shoulders of all stakeholders in youth sports – especially PARENTS.

While it is impossible to completely eliminate the risk of injury during sports participation, many injuries sustained during training and competition are avoidable... especially those injuries related to simply doing too much too often.

Repeated excessive physical activity without enough recovery time and rest between training sessions and competitions (especially if sustained throughout the year) is a significant problem for young athletes whose bodies are still developing.

Careful attention to ensuring a diversified, balanced and progressive athletic exposure with appropriate scheduling and sufficient time off can reduce musculo-skeletal injury risk and enhance performance.

Can you commit to fulfilling 10 elements of support?

Special guest, Dr. Michael F. Bergeron, shares ideas and tactics for making sure your child has the best youth sports experience possible.