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Positive and Safe Sports (P.A.S.S.™) Initiative
Positive and Safe Sports (P.A.S.S.™) Initiative

Positive and Safe Sports (P.A.S.S.™) Initiative

As noted in our Get in the Game Section, Youth Sports is an essential element to keeping our kids healthy and fit and can help to form core life values and skills. Having our children participate in youth sports can help to strengthen their future and the future of our community. However, to achieve these goals and benefits our children must have a productive, positive and safe youth sports experience. 

Our mission is to ensure that every child, parent and coach are given the proper knowledge and tools to help them make the most of their experiences.

Our P.A.S.S. (Positive And Safe Sports) Initiaitve is designed to help parents, kids and coaches better remember how youth sports should be. We implement this into information via our website and through a variety of programs out in the community (Information Sections are located at the end of this page below or in the right column menu).

In this section you will find a number of sub-programs and information that helps us in our mission of a more positive and safe sports experience for our local youth.

Positive Sports
Enjoy the Game! 
Parents, athletes and coaches can find information on having or providing a positive environments in local youth sports.

Safe Sports 
Sports Safety Awareness & Prevention.
 Parents, athletes and coach will find a wide-variety of sports safety issues that affect our local youth sports community and information on how to recognize and prevent them from happening or getting worst.

Game-Saver Program 
CPR, AED & First Aid Training, Sports Physicals, Heart Screenings and Concussion Readiness. Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the #1 cause of death in youth athletes! Prevention, Awareness, Readiness is what this program focuses on! Under this program you will find programming that provides affordable CPR, AED, First Aid Certification for specifically for youth sport organizations. There is also programming to provide student athletes with training in Hands-Only CPR and AED Basics. We also an AED Loaner Program so local sports organizations can have an A.E.D. on-hand and we are working on a High School Athlete Program.

It also provides youth athletes with affordable, and sometimes free, Sports Physicals, Heart Screenings using ECG/Echocardiograms, Baseline (Pre-Concussion) testing and several other things.

P.A.S.S. Community Outreach 
Spreading the Message! We take a proactive approach that takes us out to local sports teams, leagues, schools and community events where we interactively speak with parents and kids about positive and safe sports awareness and prevention.

P.A.S.S. Coach Association 
Ensuring Proper Experience's.
 PASS Coach Association coaches are coaches who have met a certain standard as set forth by LVSF. It ensures that the coaches coaching our kids have the training and tools needed to make the best of our children's sports experience's. Coaches must abide by a strict Code of Ethic; Are Members of a National Coaching Program; Recieve Verified Background Checks Every Two Years; are Certified in CPR, AED & First Aid; Must Complete an All-Inclusive Sports Safety Training Course; and complete at least 1 of 3 Positive Coaching Courses.

P.A.S.S. Youth Sports Organizations
Local Organizations Ensuring the Safety of Our Children. PASS Youth Sports Organizations are organizations that follow by certain set of standards outlined by LVSF to ensure that our kids are in a positive and safe environment. These organizations have coaches in our P.A.S.S. Coach Association; Require Yearly Sports Physicals; Take part in our Game-Saver Hands-Only CPR program for youth athletes; and more... These organization's also have access to our A.E.D. Loaner Program... 

Hearing and learning things just once is not enough. Many times bits of information can be missed, they can go in one ear and out the other or as time goes by we tend to forget the most basic of things. This information and the tools that accompany them need to be etched into the minds of everyone involved in youth sports. We want to make sure that there are constant reminders of this and our program that is based here locally, is designed to accomplish just that.

We are proud partners with: The Southern Nevada American Red Cross, ASSOM’s Stop Sports Injuries Campaign, The National Athletic Trainers Association, The National Alliance for Youth Sports, The CDC, The National Center for Sports Safety, The Youth Sports Safety Alliance and other numerous local and national organizations. We are always looking for new and unique programs and information to bring to our community.

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Name: Sasha Pina Issue Affected by: Concussion (multiple)(single traumatic) Sport: Soccer Age & Year When Incident Happened: 16 - 2011 How: While going for a "header" during a game, knocked unconscious by elbow to the head from another player. A second large hit to the head occurred when hitting the ground while still unconscious. She also suffered another concussion two years earlier when her and another player collided while going for a "header" during practice. Result: Sasha was hospitalized for several days. There was no evidence of bleeding or skull fractures during an MRI directly after the incident. Suffered from…
NOTE: Acclaimed Sports Concussion Prevention Leaders Dr. Robert Cantu and Chris Nowinski from the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University state that an estimated 70 to 90 percent of concussions in sports are never diagnosed. They the study really just shows how many concussions are missed during practices due to a lack of trained eyes (like those of medics and athletic trainers) during practices. Cincinnati, OH, June 6, 2013 -- Sports-related concussion has been referred to as an “epidemic” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Emergency department visits for concussions have increased 62% between…
Cincinnati, OH, April 25, 2013 -- Most children who suffer from sports-related concussions recover within a few days. However, in a small number of children, symptoms can last for a month or more. Although there have been numerous theories as to what might predict a longer recovery time, there is no definitive answer as to why it takes some children longer to recover. In a new study scheduled for publication in The Journal of Pediatrics, researchers attempted to identify risk factors that might predispose some children with concussions to longer recovery times. Dr. William P. Meehan, III and colleagues from…
With more than one million athletes now experiencing a concussion each year in the United States, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) has released an evidence-based guideline for evaluating and managing athletes with concussions. This new guideline replaces the old guideline. "Among the most important recommendations the Academy is making is that any athlete suspected of experiencing a concussion immediately be removed from play,” said co-lead guideline author Christopher C. Giza, MD, with the David Geffen School of Medicine and Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA and a member of the AAN. “We’ve moved away from the concussion grading systems we first established…
More research obviously needs to be done but hopefully this can lead to better early recognition and treatment of concussion's. Of course, this is can only be helpful if parents, coaches and players properly recognize and report the injury early. Remember that symptoms can take hours, days or week to show...: According to a study presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 65th Annual Meeting in San Diego in March 2013, brain imaging soon after mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) or mild concussion can detect tiny lesions that may eventually provide a target for treating people with mTBI. The study conducted…
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UPDATE: Marvin Geovanny Juarez pleaded guilty to several charges and was sentenced on Monday, May 20th, 2013 to a minimum of 22 years to life in prison by Clark County District Judge Kathleen E. Delaney. Juarez admitted to having sex with the 13 year-old on two separate occasions and also told police that he was abused as a child. Juarez pleaded guilty to use of a minor in producing pornography, lewdness with a child under the age of 14 and attempted sexual assault with a child under the age of 16. ------------------------------------------------------- A 35-year-old childrens’ soccer coach was arrested on May 27th, 2012…
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Torres Line
2013-07-03, 06:37
Thank you, keep up the good work in the youth today!! Much respect!!!