National Action Plan for Child Injury Prevention—Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
The CDC working with 60 different stakeholders has developed a National Action Plan to reduce childhood injuries and deaths including those which are sports and recreation related. There are six major parts of the plan:
- 1. Data and Surveillance—This includes the systematic collection, analysis, and interpretation of child health data to plan, implement, and evaluate injury prevention techniques.
- 2. Research—This includes evaluating the gaps in knowledge and creating priorities in risk identification, techniques of intervention, program evaluation, and publication of Best Practices.
- 3. Communication—This includes targeting special audiences through relevant channels to reach those who are most vulnerable to specific types of injuries.
- 4. Education and Training—This includes physician training while in medical school and continuing education training for physicians, teachers, coaches, officials, and administrators in all phases of injuries, injury prevention, injury treatment, and injury control.
- 5. Health Systems and Health Care—This includes the health infrastructure needed to deliver appropriate care to the injured person, preventive services, parent counseling on how to prevent injuries in sports and recreational activities, as well as what is appropriate for a given child at a given age and physical condition.
6. Policy—This includes laws, regulations, administrative actions, and voluntary practices needed to support evidence-based practices to prevent and control injuries during sports and recreation. (See endnote 26.)