Carbon County Safe Kids and Franklin Township Athletic Association are hosting a Youth Sports Safety Clinic Wednesday, June 15, from 6-8 p.m. at the Christman Field in Franklin Township.

The clinic is for parents, coaches and athletes to increase awareness and help reduce the more than 3.5 million injuries that occur in youth sports each year in the United States.

In partnership with Health Works athletic trainers and Brain STEP team members, the safety clinic will arm coaches, parents, and league organizers with the knowledge and skills essential to help children properly prepare for a sport, prevent injuries, and play safely. The events will discuss also concussion prevention, recognition and response, proper hydration habits and overuse injury prevention methods.

The Carbon County Safe Kids Youth Sports Safety Clinic is part of a national education campaign sponsored by Safe Kids USA and supported by Johnson & Johnson. The campaign focuses on four areas which are critical to keeping young athletes healthy and injury-free: preventing acute and overuse injuries; proper hydration before, during and after play; an annual preparticipation physical evaluation before play; and concussion awareness, prevention, and screening methods.

The Carbon County Safe Kids Chapter works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability to children ages 1 to 14. Safe Kids is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury.

Safe Kids was founded in 1995 and is led by Mindy Graver, Penn State Extension in Jim Thorpe