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High school head trainer Scott Galloway speaks at national conference

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DESOTO - DeSoto High School Head Athletic Trainer Scott Galloway spoke at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Summit in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Dec. 7. The incidence of youth sport injuries, recent national attention to helmet-to-helmet hitting in football and the risk of chronic or catastrophic injury from concussion, sudden cardiac arrest, sickle cell trait and heat illness, among other conditions, has spotlighted the urgent need for immediate and improved health care on the playing field. Galloway, one of four medical presentations, encourages sickle-trait testing of athletes at every level to ensure safe participation in sports.

In the past 11 years, exertional sickling has killed 16 athletes, making SCT the leading cause of non-traumatic death in Division 1 football in the past 10 years. Galloway is a member of the NATA Task Force on Sickle Cell Trait.

The Summit included over 40 sports and health organizations including the NFL, numerous collegiate programs, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine and many more, to issue the 2010 Report Card on the Youth Sports Safety Crisis.

Noting that 48 young athletes have died since the beginning of this year, the NATA gave the year 2010 a C+.

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