Episode 39

Youth Sports Equipment: How Can Parents Be Sure Their Kids Are Safe?

No matter what sport your young athlete plays, safety is a concern at every level of competition. Young athletes wear helmets, pads, and braces, but who makes certain all that equipment is safe?

Thomas Healy, founder of HeadSmart Labs and current college football player, joins the show to give parents the lowdown on youth sports equipment. Exactly how do companies determine how safe helmets are? What role do pro leagues play in adhering to these safety standards? What tests haven’t been done but should be done to improve safety? For any parents of young athletes out there, this is a must-listen.

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TeamSnap Podcast host, Emily Cohen, dreams of living in a world where kids can enjoy sports for the pleasure of a well-hit ball, a faster time, or a corner goal – one without helicopter parents managing their every move. As a youth sports blogger, she’s been honored to write for TeamSnap for over half a decade, and now she’s taking her wit and wisdom to the airwaves with her new podcast that tackles issues relating to youth sports.

As a Cal grad and long-time Bay Area resident, Emily Cohen knows a thing or two about sports. With two very active teenage athletes, she is well-versed in bleacher-sitting and the conduct of sports parents – the good, the bad, and the ugly. Some topics close to her heart include sideline etiquette, injury prevention, and good old-fashioned sportsmanship.

When she’s not on the tennis court, at a game, or managing her kids’ teams, she’s writing snappy marketing copy for technology companies, walking her dog, or learning to play the drums.

Follow Emily’s podcasts and learn more about how to support your children in their athletic pursuits at podcast.teamsnap.com. You can also follow Emily on Twitter at @emilygcohen or email her at [email protected]

Release Date: Aug 24 2015