We believe that safe sports, good health decisions, excellent care and informed policy begin with education. Our educational materials are freely available to parents, athletes, coaches and medical professionals.


Number of athletes playing youth football or high school and college contact sports for a full season who have a concussion.


Number of athletes who have a concussion playing high school and college contact sports who fully recover within seven days.


The waking hours each day children spend doing things that involve no physical activity.


The increase in the rate of obesity among adolescents in the past 30 years.

Key Topics

Every year some 35 million children in the United States participate in recreational sports. We provide balanced, evidence-based resources and tools to help these children and the adults around them understand the key issues and more fully engage in the decisions that are critical to their health.


Nearly four million athletes suffer a concussion every year. Most—90%—get better in a matter of days. But some don’t. Why is it so important to understand and properly treat them? When is it safe to return to school and sports? What will happen if the symptoms don’t go away?

Parents     Athletes     Coaches     Medical

Exercise & Health

The sports and activities children love often come with risks. But sports, movement and play also yield abundant benefits. Learn how they can enhance the physical, mental and social health of children today and long into the future.

Parents      Coaches     Medical     Athletes

Nutrition & Hydration

Athletes are healthier and perform better when they are properly fueled. Learn about what and how much to eat and drink for peak performance that’s healthy and safe.

Parents     Athletes     Coaches     Medical

Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Sudden cardiac arrest is the number one cause of sudden death in exercising young athletes. Learn about its causes, the athletes who are at greatest risk and the critical importance of an emergency action plan.

Parents     Athletes     Coaches     Medical

Injuries & Prevention

Sports injuries take a huge toll on athletes and their families. Learn what causes them and what the best research says about how to treat and prevent them


Female Athlete

Active girls and women often have health concerns that are unique to their sex, sometimes with long-lasting consequences. Learn about those situations and how to remain healthy and safe.


Pain Management

Pain can make it difficult to play sports, be active and do the things you need to do every day. Learn what research says about different types of pain, the options for managing symptoms and how to get moving again.