Enhancing Safety in Youth Sports: Exploring the Standard of Care ...
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Includes schools, nonprofit youth serving org., and county or municipal recreation ... 79 (62%) organized sports; 37 (29%) youth sport. – 46 (58%) baseball or ...



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EnEhxaplnocriinngg  Sthaef etSyt ainn dYaordu tohf  SCpaorrets:Gregg S. Heinzmann, Ed.M.Director, Youth Sports Research CouncilRutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Educational ObjectiveIn view of recent, highly-publicized, media accounts of serious injuries/fatalities to young athletes, you will be able to describe the parameters which determine the standard of care for municipal recreation departments in New Jersey that sponsor youth sport programs.
DisclaimerThis information is supplied with the permission of Gregg S. Heinzmann on behalf of Rutgers Youth Sports Research Council for educational purposes only and does not constitute, nor, is it a substitute for legal or medical advice. If legal or medical advice is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought.
Content AdvisoryDuring the course of this presentation, we will review medical research which involves the testing of laboratory animals and examine images of human autopsy. Some people might find this disturbing and objectionable. Audience discretion is advised.
YOUTH SPORTS RESEARCH COUNCILDeveloping the Child Inside the Athlete
Youth Sports Research Council1983 -Established within Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at Rutgers University1986 -Helped pass N.J.’s “Little League Law”1987 -Partnered with NJRPA to “disseminate applications of research. . .”1990 -Co-authored “Minimum Standards for Coaches”2002 -Assisted state Attorney General’s office with developing “Model Code of Conduct”2003 -Developed a “Youth Sports Charter”2008 -Trained more than 180,000 volunteer coaches via the Rutgers S.A.F.E.T.Y. Clinic
OutlineN.J.’s “Youth Sport Safety”LegislationSudden Cardiac Arrest in “Young”AthletesLegislative Responses to SCACommotio CordisPreventive Measures/Empirical ResearchStandard of Care Strategies for Reducing Potential LiabilityReflection & Discussion
N.J.’s “Youth Sport Safety”Legislation
“Li(t2tlAe:6 L2Ae-a6 geut. es eLqa.)w”Passed 5/12/86; Amended 8/3/88;Volunteer coaches, managers, and officials;Links civil immunity protection to attendance at a “safety orientation and training skills program”;Excludes willful, wanton, gross negligence
“AED U(s2eAr:6s 2IAm-2m3-u25n)ity Law”Passed 3/8/99;Purpose: to encourage greater AED useEntity acquiring AED shall:–Ensure users are certified by ARC, AHA, etc.;–Ensure defibrillator is maintained and tested according to manufacturers guidelines;–Notify EMS of acquisition and location;–Provide prescribing licensed physician with protocol of compliance
“AED Us(e2rAs: 6I2mA-m26u)nity Law”Precludes use unless certified in CPR and AED administrationExcludes licensed paramedics, EMT-D, or first responder-DRequires AED users to request EMS ASAP