The Role Coaches Play in the Lives of Young Athletes by National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute published on 2019-10-24T14:23:06Z The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute (NYSHSI) and the U.S. Center for SafeSport (the Center) have formed a partnership that will allow the organizations to leverage their strengths and address the growing issue of abuse among athletes. “Now is the time to act, and this partnership brings together two influential organizations that share a common vision to protect athletes as they pursue their goals and dreams,” said ACSM President Kathryn Schmitz. “We commend the U.S. Center for SafeSport and its mission to make athlete well-being the centerpiece of our nation’s sports culture, and we look forward to helping them achieve that mission.” The U.S. Center for SafeSport is the first and only national organization of its kind focused on ending all forms of abuse in sport through prevention, education and accountability. As an independent non-profit headquartered in Denver, CO, the Center provides services to sport entities on abuse prevention techniques, policies and programs and provides a safe, professional and confidential place for individuals to report sexual abuse within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements. “The Center is proud to partner with the American College of Sports Medicine to make sure our nation’s athletes are able to thrive in sports environments free from abuse,” said Shellie Pfohl, CEO of the U.S. Center for SafeSport. “We look forward to working together and providing parents, coaches, athletes and sports participants with nationally recognized resources on abuse-prevention and education.” The Center will work with ACSM’s affiliate society, The National Youth Sports Health and Safety Institute (NYSHSI, a partnership between ACSM and Sanford Health), which advocates for advancing the latest research and evidence-based education, recommendations and policy to enhance the overall experience of youth participating in sports, including safety. The two organizations will collaborate on promoting the Center and its work by providing educational resources and producing a podcast series that includes valuable information for parents, athletes, sport governing bodies, coaches, administrators and more.