From Name:
From Email:
To Name:
To Email:

Optional Message:


Policy Corner: Congressional Briefing Addresses Girls' Sports Injuries, Lifelong Participation


Rep. Mike McIntyre greets young athletes at NYSHSI/ACSM briefing

A team from the ACSM-sponsored National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute made the case Nov. 13, and congressional staff got the message. Girls are more susceptible than boys for some injuries – particularly knee injuries – which can prevent them from desirable participation in sports and physical activity. The solution lies in teaching girls early to move safely, instilling lifelong habits and helping prevent injury.

Michael Bergeron, Ph.D., FACSM, executive director of the Institute, led an all-star team of presenters including Karin Allor Pfeiffer, Ph.D., FACSM, and Lindsay DiStefano, Ph.D., ATC. Monte Ward, ACSM vice president of government relations, commented on legislative priorities such as the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Act, the FIT Kids Act and renewal of the Carol White Physical Education Program (PEP grants). Jim Whitehead, CEO of ACSM, led off with a statement of support for the Institute and an affirmation of ACSM’s commitment to seeking policy solutions to benefit individuals and society.

Rep. Mike McIntyre’s comments were a high point of the briefing. McIntyre founded and co-chairs the Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports, which supported the briefing, and serves on the board of the National Youth Sports Health and Safety Institute. He underscored the importance of helping every young American learn to enjoy being physical active for life. As a parent and coach, he understands the value of sports in providing opportunities for healthful activity as well as leadership, character and team-building.

The Nov. 13 briefing was the second in two weeks for ACSM, which has proven singularly successful in promoting policy changes that support its mission. more


Powered by MultiBriefs
7701 Las Colinas Blvd., Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063