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Safe Sports
Safe Sports

Safe Sports

Information contained in this section is not intended to scare you. Youth sports are full of positive benefits that every child should experience, it is our intention to arm you with the knowledge to recognize and hopefully prevent them from happening or getting worst.

Youth Sports plays an essential element to keeping our kids healthy and fit. It helps in the fight against obesity and plays a crucial role in decreasing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, high blood pressure, premature death and other ailments.

It is recommended that children and adolescents spend at least 60 minutes of every day engaged in some type of aerobic and physical activity.

Unfortunately physical activity isn't without its risks. Brain injury, overuse injuries, sudden cardiac arrest, exertional heat stroke, exertional sickling, cervical-spine fractures and other injuries and illnesses are all serious and potentially life-changing and life-threatening. Youth sports safety also goes deeper than just physical injuries as other safety issues such as Bullying, Abuse, MRSA and so much more face our youth sports community every day.

With the proper knowledge we all can learn how to recognize and prevent them thus greatly reduce those risks ten-fold.

That is one of the major goals for us here at the LVSportz Foundation, we want to help ensure our local youth are safe and stay in the game for life. We are proud to offer information and programs to help educate local parents, athletes, coaches and the community on the various youth sports safety issues facing our local youth sports every day. It is important that EVERYONE from parents to coaches and the athletes themselves are properly made aware of such risks and how to lessen those risks.

We provide a number of outreach opportunities throughout Southern Nevada to help in the education of these issues. Some forms of awareness training is: integrated discussion's with parents and children in free sports clinics we put on; hybrid awareness clinics with other organizations such as teams and leagues; booths and tables at community events; assemblies in local schools; Coach Seminars; and information posted via our site and spread throughout our social networks.

Some of these types of these outreaches are also attended by members of the local medical community such as Orthopedic Specialists, Neurology Specialists, Physical Therapists, Nutritionists and more… Additionally, some clinics and seminars will include parents and/or children who have been affected by such safety issues.

We are proud partners with: ASSOM’s Stop Sports Injuries Campaign, 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. Some information located here is obtained from those organizations.

This Section is Always Evolving and Being Updated... Please Keep Checking Back!

A 1st baseman with the California Thunder Girls Travel Softball Team has died days after having a brain aneurysm on the field. Dana Housley was playing in a game Saturday May 23rd, 2015 when she reportedly told her coach she felt dizzy and collapsed. Family and teammates had held out hope the 15-year-old player would survive the traumatic event but after several days on life support, on May 27, Dana passed away at Kaiser hospital in Fontana. Housley’s teammates have created a hashtag #prayfordana to support the teen and draw attention to her case. A brain aneurysm occurs when a…
Eye movement test detects concussions and possible 'silent' concussions Video follows article below PHOENIX — A rapid, easy-to-administer eye movement test is showing great promise as a sideline concussion test for youth sports, a Mayo Clinic study finds. In the study, Mayo Clinic researchers assessed high school hockey players using the King-Devick test. The test requires an athlete to read single-digit numbers displayed on cards. After suspected head trauma, the athlete is given the test, which takes about two minutes, and the results are compared to a baseline test administered previously. If the time needed to complete the test takes longer than the…
June 3, 2014 — A new Mayo Clinic study in Pediatrics reviews the types and severity of injuries among youth ice hockey players. The study examined the spectrum of injuries and found fractures and concussions to be most frequent, with many of these injuries requiring hospitalization and surgery. “Ice hockey is one of the most popular sports in Minnesota and is rapidly growing in popularity throughout the United States. Due to the fast, hard-hitting nature of the game, people often ask, ‘What kinds of injuries might happen to my children?’” says study author Michael Ishitani, M.D., pediatric surgeon, Mayo Clinic Children’s Center.…


On September 5th, 2008 then 18 year old LaQuan (Isaiah) Phillips awoke like any other high school football player, excited and ready to play some football. Little did he know that day would forever change his life. This story has been covered by local news several times but the story you'll find below is from LaQuan himself and in his own words with some help of the LVSF Staff. We are proud to have LaQuan on board with us one of our newest Youth Sports Safety Advocates! He will be joining us in our community outreach to help spread the…
ORLANDO, Fla. -- A concussion should not only take a student athlete off the playing field – it may also require a break from the classroom, according to a new clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).   In the clinical report, “Returning to Learning Following a Concussion,” released Sunday, Oct. 27 at the AAP National Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, the AAP offers guidance to pediatricians caring for children and adolescents after suffering a concussion.   “Students appear physically normal after a concussion, so it may be difficult for teachers and administrators to understand the extent of the child’s…
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…
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Rachael Richardson
2013-08-27, 08:53
I loved the fact that the camp taught the kids technique & allowed them to go to a baseball game on the same day. (2013 Total Youth Baseball Experience)