Play It Safe Video Contest


Play It SafeSports superstars aren’t the only ones who need to worry about concussions. Up to 3.8 million sports- and recreation-related concussions and other traumatic brain injuries are reported in the United States every year.  A report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Research Council (NRC) finds that youth athletes don’t always report their injuries or may feel pressured to get back in the game too soon, and the report recommends fostering a culture of safety that encourages athletes to speak up about their symptoms and heal fully before returning to play.

The “Play It Safe” video Public Service Announcement contest from the IOM and the NRC is designed to raise awareness about sports-related concussions among youth. If you are between 13 and 22 years old, you can participate and help spread the word!

We’re looking for a one-minute video on sports concussions, based on one of the three themes below:

  • How are you changing the culture of sports around concussions? What are you doing to overcome the “tough it out”/“playing hurt” mindset?

  • What message do you have for your teammates, coaches, and parents about concussions?

  • How are your teammates and coaches working together to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion?

(You may submit multiple videos. However, the same video may not be entered in more than one category.)

Contest Rules

  • The contest is for ages 13 to 22. Entries will be divided into three school-age categories: middle school, high school, and post-high school.

  • Entries must be received by May 30, 2014, to be eligible.

  • There will be one winning entry from each school-age category.

  • The three winning entries will each receive a $300 gift card.

  • Videos will be judged by the IOM/NRC on their creativity in content and presentation, their potential public appeal and interest, and their effectiveness in conveying information about sports-related concussions in an effective and entertaining way.

  • Judging will take place in early June by the IOM/NRC, and winners will be announced by June 12. The decision of the judges will be final.

  • Click here for the complete contest rules and procedures.

Click here for more information on sports-related concussions in youth, including the 2013 IOM/NRC report Sports-Related Concussions in Youth: Improving the Science, Changing the Culture, a question and answer booklet, and a quiz to test what you know about concussions.

If you have any questions, please contact the PSA Video Contest staff.




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