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Safe Stars


State/Jurisdiction: Tennessee
Setting: Community
Population: Adolescent Health,
Topic Area: Injury Prevention & Hospitalization,
NPMs: NPM 7.1: Injury Hospitalization – Ages 0 to 9 NPM 7.2: Injury Hospitalization – Ages 10 to 19

Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) and the Program for Injury Prevention in Youth Sports (PIPYS) at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt implemented the first youth sports safety rating system. Safe Stars consists of three levels - Gold Star, Silver Star and Bronze Star. Each level has criteria determined by a team of health professionals. The program is voluntary and free of charge. Safe Stars has three goals: 1) recognizes youth sports leagues that adhere to high standards of safety; 2) Helps leagues implement policies on various safety topics, such as concussion education, injury prevention and weather safety; 3) Provides resources and opportunities for every youth sports league to enhance their safety standards.


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CONTACT INFORMATION
Tennessee Department of Health
Rachel Heitmann
rachel.heitmann@tn.gov
615-741-0368
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