Letter from the Director

Do you ever:

  •  Have medical questions that you want to ask, but don’t?
  •  Wish that medical professional better understood the demands of your sport?
  • Want to get answers to allow your child to participate in his/her sport as safely as possible?
  • Hope that in addition to the boundaries of the sport being pushed, that safety equipment evolved too, without hampering your ability to push while you are competing or practicing?

These are some of the questions that I have asked as a medical provider and may be asking in the not too distant future if my children want to pursue participating in action sports.  I have worked clinically as an Athletic Trainer for over 15 years and have a tremendous passion for Action Sports both as a medical professional and a fan.  The sports are fun and exciting to watch and amazing to cover.  Now with a job in the academic world; I want to expand the understanding of what your sports are, their mental and physical demands, the safety concerns unique to what you do, and work on improving the communication between athletes and providers at all levels to increase the experience for athletes both in competition and in returning to sport following injury.

The Center for Action Sports Studies CASS, is something that I have been working on for over a decade, and am so excited that it is now real!  The Action Sports Community is unique and special in many ways; although you compete as individuals the bonds within and cross your sports are strong both in competition and life beyond your sports.  It has been a pleasure of mine to work with athletes in multiple Action Sports over the years, and now I too hope to give back.  Given the popularity of Action Sports and the volume of athletes competing; it is long overdue for people begin looking at what you do, how you do it, and how we can make it better and safer.  Unlike athletes that compete in “traditional” ball and stick sports, the access of Action Sport athletes, especially young athletes, to medical providers and their understanding of what you do, is rarely adequate.   For someone to make an impact or change within a culture, one must understand it.  CASS aims to learn about the culture and practices within your sports, so that we can positively impact the knowledge within the medical community and its practitioners.  Allowing Action Sports athletes to receive the same type and level of care that athletes in other sports already enjoy.

Thanks for taking the time to visit us, and if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions; please send them my way.

Christine Lo Bue-Estes, Ph.D., M.S., ATC