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Vanderbilt Sports Concussion Center Summit

Concussion Services at Vanderbilt: State of the Art

Program for Injury Prevention in Youth Sports (PIPYS) at Vanderbilt:A Game Plan for Safety and Health in the Young Athlete

October 24, 2012

Sarah Haverstick, B.A.

Safe Children Program Manager

Safe Kids Cumberland Valley

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

Alex B. Diamond, D.O., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Medical Director, Program for Injury Prevention in Youth Sports (PIPYS)

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Team Physician

Vanderbilt University

Nashville Sounds & Nashville Predators

Public health relevance we can make a difference
Public Health Relevance:We Can Make a Difference

  • Injury often predictable and preventable, not just “accidents”

    • As many as half the injuries sustained by youth while playing sports are likely preventable

      • Concussion – 2o & 3o, 1o???

Emery CA et al. CJSM, 2006.

Safety cannot be delegated, it is a shared responsibility of…

  • Parents

  • Coaches

  • Youth athletes

  • Safety advocates

  • Athletic trainers

  • Schools

  • Health professionals

Who we are
Who We Are

  • Began work March 2011

    • Safe Kids Cumberland Valley & VCHIP

      • SafeKids USA youth sports safety grant

  • Formally established March 2012

    • PIPYS: Collaboration VSM & MCJCHV

Vanderbilt children s health improvement and prevention vchip
Vanderbilt Children’s Health Improvement and Prevention (VCHIP)

  • Ensure all children have positive start in life, practice healthy behaviors, are cared for and safe

    • Go beyond hospital walls and into community

Safe children program at vch (VCHIP)

(Health & Safety)

Safe Children Program at VCH

  • Safety Store

    • Purchase low-cost safety products

    • One of six US hospitals selected by National Association of Children's Hospital to have hospital based safety store

  • Safe Kids Cumberland Valley

    • Safe Kids Worldwide

      • An international nonprofit dedicated to reducing unintentional injuries to children

    • 41 counties in Middle Tennessee

    • Multiple safety initiatives

A long term sustainable solution

Youth Sports Safety at Vanderbilt (VCHIP)

A Long-term & sustainable solution

Program for injury prevention in youth sports pipys

Program for Injury Prevention in Youth Sports (PIPYS) (VCHIP)

A Game Plan for Safety and Health in the Young Athlete

Mission (VCHIP)

  • The mission of the PIPYS will mirror and support in all aspects the overall mission of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

    • To bring the full measure of human knowledge, talent and compassion to bear on the healing of sickness and injury and the advancement of health and wellness through preeminent programs in patient care, education and research.

  • The mission (organizational) statement of the PIPYS is as follows:

    • To develop, evaluate and promote strategies through research, education and community service in order to prevent youth sports related injuries and to protect the overall health of the pediatric athlete.

Overview (VCHIP)

  • This center will be the first of its kind established in the nation

    • Housed under one roof

    • Dedicated solely to the pediatric and adolescent aged athlete

    • Addressing all aspects of injury prevention and safety in youth sports

Strategy (VCHIP)

  • A multidisciplinary team will be used to achieve our goals

    • Representatives from the fields of sports medicine, child safety, public health, preventive medicine, pediatric and adolescent health, orthopaedics, physical therapy, athletic training, education, law, business, public policy, community service, parks and recreation, as well as clinical, basic and community-engaged research.

Goals (VCHIP)



Community Outreach

Social and Political Action

Clinical Care

Working partnership
Working Partnership (VCHIP)

  • Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

    • Department of Pediatrics (Dr. Rush)

    • Vanderbilt Children’s Health Improvement and Prevention (Kim Harrell)

  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center

    • Department of Orthopaedics

      • Division of Sports Medicine (Dr. Spindler)

      • Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics (Dr. Schwartz)

Pipys leadership
PIPYS Leadership (VCHIP)

  • Medical Director

    • Alex B. Diamond, D.O., M.P.H.

  • VCHIP Safe Children Program Manager

    • Sarah Haverstick, B.A.

  • VCHIP Healthy Children Coordinator

    • Kyle Craig, ATC

Advisory council
Advisory Council (VCHIP)

Quarterly meetings

Guide and shape direction of center

Facilitate accomplishment of goals

Extend reach of impact and involvement throughout university, medical center and community

Current proposed projects

Program for Injury Prevention in Youth Sports (PIPYS) (VCHIP)

Current & Proposed projects

Gateway to community
Gateway to Community (VCHIP)

Educational Clinics

Community Events




Sports clinics
Sports Clinics (VCHIP)

  • Delivered by subject matter experts – physicians, athletic trainers, etc.

  • Audience: coaches, athletes, parents, league organizers, etc.

  • Raise public awareness and increase practical knowledge of prevention and treatment strategies for key sports safety topics:

    • Pre-Participation Exams

    • Emergency Planning

    • Acute and Overuse Injuries

    • Heat-Related Illness

    • Concussion

Community events
Community Events (VCHIP)

Participation at community events (ie. youth triathlon, Predators games, health fairs, etc.).

Booths with activities for children, education materials for parents.

Marketing (VCHIP)

Develop educational materials with sports safety message for placement in print, online and radio formats.

Develop comprehensive sports injury prevention website.

Media (VCHIP)

Develop seasonally appropriate content for press releases related to youth sports safety.

Most recent press release (sports safety clinic) picked up by the Associated Press ---- over 60 hits from across the country!

Reach (VCHIP)

  • Clinics & Presentations: 585

  • Community Events: 49,000

  • Marketing Placements: 4,619,563

    • [Janet’s Planet: 5,616,000 – Nashville market, reaches 120 markets across the country!!]

  • Media: 1,000,000

  • OVERALL: 11,285,148

Collaboration sports safety community task force
Collaboration: Sports (VCHIP)Safety Community Task Force

  • Why

    • We want to investigate and provide information that is important to the communities that we serve

    • We value the input of those who are most directly involved and affected by these issues

  • Who

    • Parents, players and coaches from the surrounding regions

    • Community sports league and school athletic department officials

    • Chair: Jessica Mooney (former MNPS and Vanderbilt athlete; M.Ed. community development)

  • Purpose

    • Serve as a think tank and highly valued resource to advise the directions of PIPYS

  • When

    • Bi-Annual meeting; intermittent communication via email

    • Inaugural meeting scheduled for late 2012

Collaboration (VCHIP)

  • CoachSmart App

    • Part of planning and development work group

    • Created and reviewed “resource” section content

Collaboration tdoh
Collaboration: TDOH (VCHIP)

  • State of TN Maternal and Child Health

    • Injury Prevention Conference

    • Governor Sports Safety Proclamation

    • “Gold Sneaker” Program

    • Educate health systems & trainees

    • TN AAP & AAPF newsletter column

    • Director: Michael Warren, M.D., M.P.H.

Collaboration tdoh1
Collaboration: TDOH (VCHIP)

  • Tennessee Commissioner’s Council for Injury Prevention

    • Haverstick appointed 2007

    • Diamond appointed 2011

    • State Injury Prevention Resource Manual

Collaboration (VCHIP)

  • State of TN Department of Education

    • Coordinated School Health

      • Education and Training

        • Students and school staff

        • Online modules, teaching manuals and materials

      • Research

    • Director: Rebecca Johns-Womack

Collaboration (VCHIP)

  • HazingPrevention.Org

    • Educational programming

    • Community outreach / advocacy

    • Organization resources

      • NCAA, NFSHS, Little League, etc

    • Research

    • Executive Director: Tracy Maxwell

    • Member, Board of Directors: Margery Holman, PhD

Collaboration (VCHIP)

  • Nashville Children’s Alliance

    • Child abuse reporting and prevention

      • Education, online modules & tips

    • Staff Member: Katherine Pace

Selected research
Selected Research (VCHIP)

  • The Status of Safety Interventions Employed in Youth Sports Leagues.

  • Helmet Safety in High School Football:  A Critical Investigation of the Condition of Helmets Currently in Use by Tennessee Youth.

    • The Role of Sports Specialization on Injury in NCAA Division I Athletes.

  • Future efforts
    Future Efforts (VCHIP)

    • Continued development & growth

      • Projects

        • Research, education, advocacy, social and political action, clinical care

      • Team members & Partners

        • New & established disciplines

      • Staff

        • Research & administrative

        • Students

      • Audience

        • Expanded presence (local, regional, national, international)

      • Tools

        • Website

    Thank you
    Thank You (VCHIP)