Building on the Six Pillars™ concussion risk management model featured in MomsTEAM's PBS documentary, "The Smartest Team: Making High School Football Safer," the Institute is working with national, state, regional and local youth sports organizations (YSOs), university athletic training departments, parents, health care professionals, allied non-profits, governmental agencies and other experts to aggregate and/or develop and disseminate comprehensive, sport- and issue-specific, and easy-to-understand "best practice" standards of care templates and checklists covering all aspects of youth sports health and safety, from injury prevention and risk reduction, and nutrition and hydration guidelines, to preventing all forms of physical, psychological and sexual abuse. Once such best practices are established, local programs will be encouraged to apply to become SmartTeams.™
Smart Teams play safe™
The Institute will celebrate and highlight SmartTeam™ programs on its website, a stand-alone website (www.smartteamsplaysafe) and via social media, and add them to a database identifying every program, whether at the national, regional, state or local level, that has achieved SmartTeam™ status. Six pilot programs will be launching around the country in the fall of 2014, and the SmartTeam™ program will be announced at a summit at Harvard Medical School on September 15th.