One of primary ways MomsTEAM Institute educates youth sports stakeholders is through its MomsTEAM.coma>website, now in its sixteenth year of providing comprehensive, constantly updated, well-researched and objective information on ways to make youth sports safer, saner, less stressful and more inclusive.
On September 15, 2014, MomsTEAM Institute hosted the first of what it hopes will be many youth sports safety summits at Harvard Medical School called "SmartTeams Play Safe: Protecting the Health & Safety of the Whole Child In Youth Sports By Implementing Best Practices" which brought together twenty-two nationally- and internationally-recognized youth sports safety experts for a day-long series of 15-20 minute "TED-talk" style presentations on a wide range of youth sports health and safety topics. Each of the presentations was then turned into a SmartTeam Talk video for posting on the MomsTEAM family of sites.
From its launch in 2000, MomsTEAM Institute has been posting articles on the findings of scientists published in peer-reviewed journals, not as a substitute for such original research, but in order to synthesize the information in less technical language so that it is more easily understandable by non-scientists (although, we understand that many health care clinicians have found such articles useful as well).
Here are some of our recent White Papers.
- Repetitive Head Impacts: A Concern At All Levels of Sports
- Heading in Soccer: The Debate Continues
- Head Trauma Strongly Linked To Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy But Precise Relationship Not Yet Known
The Institute is working with leading youth sports safety researchers to design, conduct, and publish original research in peer-reviewed journals with a focus on injury prevention and management in the pre-high school athlete, a population about which there is a dearth of research data.
The Institute will continue to add to and expand on MomsTEAM.com's extensive library of "teachable moment" videos featuring leading experts providing practical advice on a wide range of youth sports health and safety topics. For videos of the presentations made by 22 experts at the Institute's September 15, 2014 SmartTeams Play Safe summit, click here.
Product and Service Guides
Youth sports has become a multi-billion dollar industry, with its share of hucksters, scam artists, shadowy front groups funded by "dark money," and companies and individuals, some reputable and some not, some all too willing to make exaggerated, unsubstantiated claims, or engage in scare tactics. As an independent non-profit organization, MomsTEAM Institute is continuing and expanding on MomsTEAM.com's role as a trusted source of unbiased, objective information about youth sports health and safety products and services. We will function as a non-governmental "watchdog" organization and oversight group, augmenting the work performed by such governmental agencies as the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Federal Trade Commission, and serving as an "Angie's List" for youth sports health, safety, nutrition, and hydration products and services.
The first of our product guides - on the cutting edge field of impact sensor technology - is a prime example. Unfortunately, there has been and continues to be a great deal of confusion and misinformation being disseminated about head impact sensors. We set the record straight on what impact sensors can and can't do in our article answering Frequently Asked Questions, and provide objective, unbiased information about various head impact sensor products in our product guide.
Check back for more guides to youth sports health, safety, nutrition, and hydration products and services as we publish them in the coming months and years.