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Malaysia, Academy Continue Long Relationship Developing Sport Programs

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The United States Sports Academy is working with the National Sports Institute (ISN) in Malaysia to develop sport as a significant contributor to the country’s economy, continuing a relationship that dates back to the 1950’s when Academy founder Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich coached the country’s national track and field team.

During a five-day visit to Kuala Lumpur, United States Sports Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich, a member of the ISN’s Board of Advisors, met with H.E. Dato Cheek and Dato Dr. Ramlan bin Abdulaziz, Director General of the ISN concerning the further development of sport education programs in Malaysia. The Academy is currently delivering its International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) and Sports Coaching (ICSC) programs in Kuala Lumpur through the ISN.

Following addresses by Malaysian Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak and Minister of Youth and Sports Dato Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Dr. Rosandich served as a keynote speaker at the 2009 Sports Industry Convention on Friday, 7 August 2009 in Kuala Lumpur.

Speaking to a crowd of more than 500 delegates that included officials from all of Malaysia’s sports organizations, Dr. T.J. Rosandich, delivered an address titled, “Education in Sports: Optimizing Malaysia’s Potential.” The two day convention was organized by the ISN to recognize the growing contribution of sports as an industry to the economy of Malaysia.

Academy To Provide Support To National Cheer Safety Foundation

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Reports that 65.2 percent of all catastrophic injuries to female athletes occur in high school cheerleading have led to efforts from the United States Sports Academy and the National Cheer Safety Foundation (NCSF) to educate cheer coaches.

“Cheer safety education based on sports sciences is crucial in reducing catastrophic and over-use injuries in cheerleading,” said NCSF President and CEO Kimberly Archie. “Those involved need to insist that coaches are educated and trained to properly care for young athletes.”

The NCSF will use the Academy’s sports coaching program as a way to educate cheer coaches. The NCSF campaign has also gained support from the National Council for Spirit Safety and Education (NCSSE).

“Sport education based on the sports sciences is the key to managing catastrophic sports injuries,” said Dr. Enrico Esposito, the Academy’s Chair of Sports Medicine. “Qualified, certified personnel are the first requirement for ensuring the health and safety of young athletes involved in physical activity and sports.”

A study released by the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research at the University of North Carolina, which recommended strict safety measures to be adopted, showed that the catastrophic injury rate of high school cheerleaders over the past 26 years has been nearly twice that of all other female high school sports combined.

The lead author of that report was Dr. Frederick O. Mueller. Dr. Mueller and Dr. Herb Appenzeller are leading educators on sports law and injury, who, along with Elizabeth Appenzeller, recently co-authored a book on legal aspects of cheerleading that will be used as a resource in the Academy’s program.

In 2008, the National Electric Injury Surveillance System survey by the Consumer Products Safety Commission reported that emergency room visits among cheerleaders of all ages increased from 26,786 to 29,148 (8.8 percent). Those numbers include a 110 percent one-year increase in visits from cheerleaders age 13 and under.

According to Dr. Cynthia Bir, Director of Research and Orthopedic Surgery for the Wayne State University Department of Biomedical Engineering, young cheerleaders receive injuries from falls that can “have a greater impact than a hit in the NFL.”

The NCSF is dedicated to introducing science in cheer safety to reduce injury, disability and death from cheer injuries through research and education of parents, cheerleaders, coaches and administrators.

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