Launching the National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute

Over the last two months, 14 kids have already died half from heat-related causes, the other half from cardiac issues; it used to be that 2-3 kids died each year. Tom Best, FACSM, past president of the ACSM and Director of Sports Medicine at The Ohio State University, sees this as an opportunity, no one advocates for kids we want them to play, and have fun safely.

Best adds, youth sports should encourage lifelong habits. For parents whose child did not have a cardiac abnormality picked up during their physicals, this has been a concern. As parents, health care profes