SOURCE: National Academy of Sports Medicine

National Academy of Sports Medicine

April 04, 2012 05:55 ET

NASM Offers Coaches Free Access to Sports Training and Injury-Prevention Courses for Youth Sports Safety Month

The Global Leader in Health and Fitness Education Delivers Free Online Courses to Help Reduce Sports-Related Injuries

CHANDLER, AZ--(Marketwire - Apr 4, 2012) - April is Youth Sports Safety Month, a time to stop and acknowledge the fact that more than 3.5 million sports-related injuries in youth under age 15 are treated in the U.S. each year. These injuries fall into two categories: acute injuries (sprains or breaks that occur suddenly) and overuse injuries, resulting from improper or non-existent training.

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), the top recommendation in their Guidelines for Preventing Sports Injuries is for the youth athlete to be in proper physical condition to play a sport, rather than expecting the sport itself to get the young athlete into shape.

In an effort to reduce sports-related injuries, the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), the global leader in health and fitness education, is pleased to offer youth coaches free access to the online courses Essentials of Sports Performance Training and Essentials of Corrective Exercise Training, during Youth Sports Safety Month (April 1-30).

Both learning modules are valued at $119 each and are part of industry-leading Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) and Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) advanced specializations, the preferred training credentials of athletic trainers and strength and conditioning coaches of professional and collegiate teams. In fact, approximately 93 percent of athletic trainers in the National Basketball Association (NBA) hold the PES and CES credentials.

Both courses were designed by Dr. Micheal Clark, NASM Chief Executive Officer and the leading physical therapist for elite athletes the world over. Each is backed by studies conducted at the NASM Research Institute at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, an award-winning research body on youth-injury prevention.

"The NASM Essentials of Corrective Exercise Training course is a great resource for coaches because it teaches how to properly assess athletes for poor posture and muscle imbalances that, if undetected, could result in season-ending injuries," says Clark.

"Whereas the NASM Essentials of Sports Performance Training course teaches coaches how to successfully work with athletes of all sports to enhance performance and decrease the risk of injury," Clark added. "This integrated approach to sports training is not only backed by years of research; it is safe, effective, progressive and forward thinking."

Anyone who works with youth athletes is encouraged to take advantage of this special offer. To enroll in either the sports performance training or the corrective exercise training online course, visit Use promo code "YOUTH2012" to gain free access to these revolutionary training programs. The same code can be used for a 10 percent discount off the full PES and CES credentialing courses. Offer valid through April 30, 2012.

For additional information about this special offer or earning the NASM PES and CES credentials, call 1.800.460.6276, Option 1.

About NASM

Since 1987, the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) has been a global leader in providing evidence-based certifications and advanced credentials to health and fitness professionals. In addition to its NCCA-accredited fitness Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certification, NASM offers a progressive career track with access to Advanced Specializations, Continuing Education courses, and accredited Bachelor and Master Degree programs. The NASM educational continuum is designed to help today's health and fitness professional enhance their career while empowering their clients to live healthier lives. To learn more, visit: or call 1.800.460.NASM.

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