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The National Council on Youth Sports Safety (NCYSS) to Hold Inaugural Meeting

ATLANTA- The National Council on Youth Sports Safety (NCYSS) will host its first meeting in Atlanta, Georgia on February 26 – 27, 2014, at the Morehouse School of Medicine, Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, National Center for Primary Care, 720 Westview Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30310. 

Former U.S. Surgeon General and Director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine, Dr. David Satcher, will join Clinical Professor of Global Health and Health Services and Management at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, Dr. Eliot Sorel, to convene a panel of more than twenty of the nation’s experts to tackle traumatic brain injury in young athletes. NCYSS will direct Protecting Athletes and Sports Safety (PASS), a two-year initiative to combat the incidence of catastrophic injury among young athletes. The council’s formation follows a successful conference on youth sports safety in November 2013, which gathered more than 100 national leaders to discuss brain development and wellness, media, and public policy.

In the first year, the NCYSS will meet quarterly to review existing research, explore alternate solutions, and develop a strategic plan for the implementation of a national set of guidelines on youth sports safety.  The second year will include a best practices tour where the public will be provided with opportunities to learn about scientific and technological advancements, effective coaching and training techniques, and contribute feedback on methods that have led to a decline in injury in their respective communities.

Experts named to the panel include National College Athletics Association, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian Hainline, GENYOUth Foundation Chief Executive Officer and media consultant Alexis Glick, Chief Executive Officer of Safe Kids Worldwide Kate Carr, and two former professional football players, Mark Kelso and Buddy Curry, of the Buffalo Bills and Atlanta Falcons, respectively.

Dr. Satcher, Ms. Glick, and Ms. Carr will join CNN Chief Medical Correspondent and neurosurgeon, Dr. Sunjay Gupta, for a candid conversation on youth sports safety hosted by The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation at 6 pm EST on February 26, 2014. A live webcast of “Making Play Safe For Kids” is available here: http://blankfoundation.org/play-safe.

For more information on Protecting Athletes and Sports Safety, visit www.youthsportssafety.org or contact Executive Director, Ashlyn Shockley, at 202-285-5570.