NSCC members, Insurance companies discuss youth sports safety
NEW YORK (Nov. 15, 2015) – Continuing its mission of ensuring opportunities exist for young people in sports, the National Sports Concussion Coalition (NSCC) recently hosted a working session with insurance companies to discuss safety initiatives in youth sports. The meeting, which was held at the Manhattan offices of law firm Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, served as a forum for information sharing and dialogue between sports' national governing bodies and the insurance companies that have historically worked to provide coverage for youth sports participants and organizations.
“This was an extremely productive and educational meeting for those of us focused on youth sports and our partners in the insurance space,” said Jon Butler, executive director of Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc., and president of the NSCC. “The group discussed all the fantastic work being implemented across youth sports, the studies that demonstrate a reduction in concussions in youth and opportunities for increased collaboration. We talked about all the amazing developments being implemented to make sports safer and better for young people and ways we can continue to build on that success.”
Datalys, a non-profit, independent provider of epidemiological research organization looking to make sports safer through data driven research, shared results of its 2014 study of youth football. According to the study's findings, leagues that completed and implemented USA Football's Heads Up Football coaching education program demonstrated both fewer injuries (76% lower in practice, 38% lower in games) and impacts to the head (2.5 fewer impacts per practice) than leagues that had no coaching education requirement.
“I was particularly impressed by the Datalys presentation, showing that contact restrictions and coach training reduce injury and concussion events,” said Lori Windolf Crispo Wolf, Area President at sports & leisure insurance provider RPS Bollinger.
“As an organization, our mission requires us to have a 'commitment to our communities,'" said Mark D. Nichols, Managing Executive of Markel Programs. "Sports are a critical ingredient in the culture of our communities, and in the development of our young people. Participant safety is fundamental to the success of these sports, and the organizations that run them. As a long time insurer of sports organizations, we are highly motivated to assist in the prevention of injuries. Such efforts are the absolute key to keeping claims low and rates competitive. Organized sports require affordable and comprehensive insurance coverage to remain viable. Needless to say, we are pleased to participate with all of the leadership and stakeholders represented by the National Sports Concussion Coalition.”