Emotional and Physical Abuse in Sport: U.S. Center for SafeSport resources are part of the solution

From pee-wee leagues to the most competitive levels of athletics, sport feeds a critical need in us: to play, to compete, to learn, and to grow.

We all know the benefits of sport. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says youth physical activity can have lifelong positive mental and physical impacts. Regular physical activity can help children and adolescents improve fitness, control weight, and reduce the risk of disease later in life.1 Participation reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression and builds confidence and self-esteem.

Beyond that, the U.S. Center for SafeSport believes that sport environments should be positive, respectful places where we can thrive, both physically and emotionally. Sport should be safe and free of abuse and other misconduct that can rob us of the joys of play. READ MORE

Visit uscenterforsafesport.org to learn more.

The U.S. Center for SafeSport is a nonprofit organization created to respond to and prevent sexual, physical, and emotional abuse in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement, from which it is independent. The Center also trains and educates people and organizations at all levels to support sport and recreation settings across America that protect athlete well-being.