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  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus in Press Releases, What's New March 24, 2017
  • Lindsey Straus

    Author: Lindsey Straus is an award-winning youth sports journalist, practicing attorney, and has been Senior Editor of SmartTeams since its launch as MomsTEAM in August 2000. She can be reached at lbartonstraus@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Lindsey Straus

SmartTeams’ de Lench and MacDonald Present Six Pillars Concussion Program at IOC World Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Concord, Massachusetts. March 23, 2017 On March 16, 2017, Brooke de Lench, Executive Director of MomsTeam Institute, Inc., and Jim MacDonald, M.D., M.P.H., a member of the

  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus in Prevention & Risk Reduction, Treatment & Management, What's New March 8, 2017
  • Lindsey Straus

    Author: Lindsey Straus is an award-winning youth sports journalist, practicing attorney, and has been Senior Editor of SmartTeams since its launch as MomsTEAM in August 2000. She can be reached at lbartonstraus@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Lindsey Straus

NATA Issues New Sports Health and Safety Best Practice Guidelines

Most support recommendations long advocated by MomsTEAM in 2006 book, International Safeguards for Children In Sport, and as part of SmartTeams program

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association and Youth Sports Safety Alliance have issued best practice youth sports health safety guidelines.  Touted as the first of their kind, the guidelines, however, largely


Top Stories

Articles we think are worth a read

  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus in Effects of Concussion and Repetitive Head Impacts, Top Stories, Treatment & Management, What's New February 1, 2017
  • Lindsey Straus

    Author: Lindsey Straus is an award-winning youth sports journalist, practicing attorney, and has been Senior Editor of SmartTeams since its launch as MomsTEAM in August 2000. She can be reached at lbartonstraus@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Lindsey Straus

Vision Assessment Should Be Part Of Return-To-Learn Protocol, UAB Researchers Say

A comprehensive vision assessment should be part of return-to-learn protocols to help determine when children are ready to return to the classroom following concussions — particularly in children reporting academic

  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus in Identification & Diagnosis, Top Stories, What's New November 21, 2016
  • Lindsey Straus

    Author: Lindsey Straus is an award-winning youth sports journalist, practicing attorney, and has been Senior Editor of SmartTeams since its launch as MomsTEAM in August 2000. She can be reached at lbartonstraus@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Lindsey Straus

Girls More Likely to Report Concussions, But Belief That Injury Not Serious Still Driving Underreporting, Regardless of Gender

More concussion education to change attitudes and beliefs needed

Girls are more likely to report concussions when they occur, to realize, after watching a 30-minute Powerpoint presentation about concussion, that they had sustained more concussions than previously thought, and


Prevention & Risk Reduction

What's working and what's not

  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus in Prevention & Risk Reduction, Treatment & Management, What's New March 8, 2017
  • Lindsey Straus

    Author: Lindsey Straus is an award-winning youth sports journalist, practicing attorney, and has been Senior Editor of SmartTeams since its launch as MomsTEAM in August 2000. She can be reached at lbartonstraus@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Lindsey Straus

NATA Issues New Sports Health and Safety Best Practice Guidelines

Most support recommendations long advocated by MomsTEAM in 2006 book, International Safeguards for Children In Sport, and as part of SmartTeams program

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association and Youth Sports Safety Alliance have issued best practice youth sports health safety guidelines.  Touted as the first of their kind, the guidelines, however, largely

  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus in Prevention & Risk Reduction, What's New November 21, 2016
  • Lindsey Straus

    Author: Lindsey Straus is an award-winning youth sports journalist, practicing attorney, and has been Senior Editor of SmartTeams since its launch as MomsTEAM in August 2000. She can be reached at lbartonstraus@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Lindsey Straus

Inadequate Helmet Fit Increases Concussion Severity In High School Football Players

High school football players who sustain concussions while wearing improperly fitted helmets are at higher risk of experiencing more symptoms and taking longer to recover than those who are concussed


Identification & Diagnosis

Concussion symptom reporting, sideline screens, and a whole lot more

  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus in Identification & Diagnosis, Top Stories, What's New November 21, 2016
  • Lindsey Straus

    Author: Lindsey Straus is an award-winning youth sports journalist, practicing attorney, and has been Senior Editor of SmartTeams since its launch as MomsTEAM in August 2000. She can be reached at lbartonstraus@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Lindsey Straus

Girls More Likely to Report Concussions, But Belief That Injury Not Serious Still Driving Underreporting, Regardless of Gender

More concussion education to change attitudes and beliefs needed

Girls are more likely to report concussions when they occur, to realize, after watching a 30-minute Powerpoint presentation about concussion, that they had sustained more concussions than previously thought, and

  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus in Identification & Diagnosis, Top Stories, Treatment & Management, What's New October 21, 2016
  • Lindsey Straus

    Author: Lindsey Straus is an award-winning youth sports journalist, practicing attorney, and has been Senior Editor of SmartTeams since its launch as MomsTEAM in August 2000. She can be reached at lbartonstraus@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Lindsey Straus

Four in Ten Youth and High School Athletes Continue Playing With Concussion Signs and Symptoms

Research abstract presented at 2016 AAP National Conference &

Nearly four out of ten youth and high school athletes who show signs or experience symptoms of concussion nevertheless return to play on the same day,  say researchers in a presentation at the American


Treatment & Management

The evolving landscape on rest, return to learn, and return to play

  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus in Prevention & Risk Reduction, Treatment & Management, What's New March 8, 2017
  • Lindsey Straus

    Author: Lindsey Straus is an award-winning youth sports journalist, practicing attorney, and has been Senior Editor of SmartTeams since its launch as MomsTEAM in August 2000. She can be reached at lbartonstraus@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Lindsey Straus

NATA Issues New Sports Health and Safety Best Practice Guidelines

Most support recommendations long advocated by MomsTEAM in 2006 book, International Safeguards for Children In Sport, and as part of SmartTeams program

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association and Youth Sports Safety Alliance have issued best practice youth sports health safety guidelines.  Touted as the first of their kind, the guidelines, however, largely

  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus in Effects of Concussion and Repetitive Head Impacts, Top Stories, Treatment & Management, What's New February 1, 2017
  • Lindsey Straus

    Author: Lindsey Straus is an award-winning youth sports journalist, practicing attorney, and has been Senior Editor of SmartTeams since its launch as MomsTEAM in August 2000. She can be reached at lbartonstraus@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Lindsey Straus

Vision Assessment Should Be Part Of Return-To-Learn Protocol, UAB Researchers Say

A comprehensive vision assessment should be part of return-to-learn protocols to help determine when children are ready to return to the classroom following concussions — particularly in children reporting academic


Effects of Concussion and Repetitive Head Impacts

What research tells us about the effects of concussion and RHI in the short- and long-term

  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus in Effects of Concussion and Repetitive Head Impacts, Top Stories, Treatment & Management, What's New February 1, 2017
  • Lindsey Straus

    Author: Lindsey Straus is an award-winning youth sports journalist, practicing attorney, and has been Senior Editor of SmartTeams since its launch as MomsTEAM in August 2000. She can be reached at lbartonstraus@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Lindsey Straus

Vision Assessment Should Be Part Of Return-To-Learn Protocol, UAB Researchers Say

A comprehensive vision assessment should be part of return-to-learn protocols to help determine when children are ready to return to the classroom following concussions — particularly in children reporting academic

  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus Brooke de Lench Brooke de Lench in Effects of Concussion and Repetitive Head Impacts, Top Stories, What's New September 6, 2016
  • Lindsey Straus

    Author: Lindsey Straus is an award-winning youth sports journalist, practicing attorney, and has been Senior Editor of SmartTeams since its launch as MomsTEAM in August 2000. She can be reached at lbartonstraus@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Lindsey Straus
  • Brooke de Lench

    Author: Executive Director of MomsTEAM Institute, Founder and Publisher, MomsTEAM.com, Producer of The Smartest Team: Making High School Football Safer. Follow Brooke on Twitter @brookedelench. Email her at delench@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Brooke de Lench

Sports Concussion Research, CTE, and the Media: Can The Disconnect Ever Be Repaired?

The public’s perception that a direct causal link exists between repetitive head contact and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is largely the result of one-sided, sensationalized, and biased reporting, argue four head injury


Concussion Essentials

Best practices in concussion education, prevention, and treatment

  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus in Concussion Essentials, Treatment & Management October 24, 2016
  • Lindsey Straus

    Author: Lindsey Straus is an award-winning youth sports journalist, practicing attorney, and has been Senior Editor of SmartTeams since its launch as MomsTEAM in August 2000. She can be reached at lbartonstraus@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Lindsey Straus

Return to Learn Just As Important As Return To Sports, Says AAP

Helping a student-athlete make a successful return to learning after a concussion is just as important as ensuring their safe return to sports, and requires a team approach involving parents,

  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus in Concussion Essentials October 24, 2016
  • Lindsey Straus

    Author: Lindsey Straus is an award-winning youth sports journalist, practicing attorney, and has been Senior Editor of SmartTeams since its launch as MomsTEAM in August 2000. She can be reached at lbartonstraus@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Lindsey Straus

Parents Play Important Role In Child’s Recovery From Concussion

The subject of sports concussions has been a hot topic in the news for about a decade, but, even after years of coverage, the important role parents play after their


Blogs

Commentary from our experts

  Kerry Carter Kerry Carter in Blogs, What's New October 5, 2016
  • Kerry Carter

    Author: Kerry Carter is head of Business Development for Seattle-based Atavus Football, which provides modern, effective tackling solutions to coaches at all levels of football, from youth to the NFL. After a sterling college career at Stanford, he played four years with the Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins and later won two Grey Cups with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes.

  • Kerry Carter

To Play Or Not To Play Youth Sports: That Is The Question

Parents urged to consider the Power of Sport

For parents like me trying to make sense of today’s youth sports landscape, there is a steady stream of new influences and impacts to consider when signing your child up for

  Brooke de Lench Brooke de Lench in Blogs, Top Stories, What's New September 3, 2016
  • Brooke de Lench

    Author: Executive Director of MomsTEAM Institute, Founder and Publisher, MomsTEAM.com, Producer of The Smartest Team: Making High School Football Safer. Follow Brooke on Twitter @brookedelench. Email her at delench@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Brooke de Lench

“Back in the Game”: A Concussion Book That Stands Out In Crowded Field

  While the pile of concussion books in my office continues to grow taller, seemingly with every passing day, one that will stay at the top of the very short


Press Releases

  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus in Press Releases, What's New March 24, 2017
  • Lindsey Straus

    Author: Lindsey Straus is an award-winning youth sports journalist, practicing attorney, and has been Senior Editor of SmartTeams since its launch as MomsTEAM in August 2000. She can be reached at lbartonstraus@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Lindsey Straus

SmartTeams’ de Lench and MacDonald Present Six Pillars Concussion Program at IOC World Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Concord, Massachusetts. March 23, 2017 On March 16, 2017, Brooke de Lench, Executive Director of MomsTeam Institute, Inc., and Jim MacDonald, M.D., M.P.H., a member of the

  Brooke de Lench Brooke de Lench in Press Releases October 6, 2016
  • Brooke de Lench

    Author: Executive Director of MomsTEAM Institute, Founder and Publisher, MomsTEAM.com, Producer of The Smartest Team: Making High School Football Safer. Follow Brooke on Twitter @brookedelench. Email her at delench@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Brooke de Lench

SmartTeams™ Website Offers Innovative Way to Increase Athletes’ Concussion Reporting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Concord, MA.  September 13, 2016.  Just in time for the fall sports season, MomsTEAM Institute, a leading child protection in sports education and advocacy non-profit, has launched


Archives

  Brooke de Lench Brooke de Lench in Archives November 17, 2016
  • Brooke de Lench

    Author: Executive Director of MomsTEAM Institute, Founder and Publisher, MomsTEAM.com, Producer of The Smartest Team: Making High School Football Safer. Follow Brooke on Twitter @brookedelench. Email her at delench@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Brooke de Lench

Abuse in Sports: A Primer for Parents

Abuse can occur in several forms and is centered on power, especially the power of the coach over the athlete. The following information should help you identify abuse or neglect,

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