Industry Experts to Discuss Youth Sports Injuries at SFIA Litigation & Risk Management Summit
Silver Spring, MD – March 25, 2014 – Executives from youth sport governing bodies Pop Warner, USA Hockey, and U.S. Lacrosse will join SFIA member Bauer Hockey and SFIA Gold Corporate Partner Exponent on a panel that will discuss trends and implications of youth injuries in sports, their effect on the industry, as well as risk-reduction strategies. The panel session will be held at the SFIA Litigation & Risk Management Summit in Phoenix, AZ on April 7-8, 2014
“This All-Star panel will tackle the most important question in society today as it relates to our children, and that is how can we keep our children safe,” said SFIA Legal Task Force Member Gary Wolensky (Wolensky Hewitt & McNulty LLP), who will be moderating the panel. “Our experts will take on some myths around youth sports injuries, discuss what is being done to keep our children safe, and what is and is not working.”
The panel is comprised of Pop Warner Football executive director Jon Butler; Dr. Alan Ashare, M.D., chair of USA Hockey’s Safety & Protective Equipment Committee; U.S. Lacrosse managing director of Game Administration Ann Carpenetti; Larry Weber, director of Risk Management & Compliance at Bauer Hockey; and biomechanics expert Kate Rodowicz of SFIA Gold Corporate Partner Exponent.
Topics for discussion will include the role of protective equipment improvements, the efficacy of rule changes in youth sport, the potential outcomes of age-based sport participation prohibition and the effectiveness of return-to-play laws. The panel will review data, findings and recommendations from the latest studies and discuss the most effective methods of making contact sports safer for young athletes.
“As an industry, we must always strive to make sports as safe as possible,” said Tom Cove, SFIA President and CEO. “Given the recent attention youth sports injuries have received, the timing for this panel could not be any better.”