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How did this site and the TAP initiative come into existence?
We have had input from doctors, parents, coaches, web designers, and a host of others to put this site and this initiative together; and we are grateful for their assistance! Our goal is to make this site as self-serving as possible so anyone who wants to grab the messaging and materials for their own use can do so by going to our Downloads page.
Who is the founder of TAP?
The founder of TAP is Tod Johnson. Tod has been coaching youth sports for more than 12 years and is passionate about protecting those who participate in youth sport programs. This initiative is not in any way suggesting that participating in youth sports is to risky. This is absolutely not the case. This initiative is the result of a moment in time, and a reflection on the absence of opioid prevention training with youth sports. Opioid abuse exists and often has its origins as the result of a sports injury. We can reduce the numbers of "accidental addicts" with more awareness and training in youth sports organizations.
What is an "accidental addict"?
It is an athlete whose addiction can be traced back to being prescribed an addictive pain medication in order to recover from an injury. Unfortunately, this circumstance is common. No one starts using any kind of drug with the intention of becoming an addict, however young athletes today are being prescribed medications that are addictive at an alarming rate.
What was the "moment in time"?
Tod was encouraged to attend a seminar on opioid addiction by his niece, who is battling (and winning!) against addiction. Two of the panelists at this seminar were young athletes who sustained injures in youth sports, and their subsequent pain management protocols were the catalyst for addictive behavior, and the challenges associated with addiction. The parents of these young athletes were on the panel, and each admitted that accepting the one pain management protocol they were presented was a mistake. Tod's own daughter was seriously injured during a sporting event, and as he reflected on the series of events from the moment the EMT's arrived by her side to the moment she left left the pharmacy many hours later with a bottle of pills; Tod realized he asked no questions about what was prescribed for her pain management. His daughter was free from pain; and that was largely what he was concerned about since the first EMT arrived on the scene. This is a mistake many parents make when their child is injured, and the consequences can be devastating.
How can you help?
You can promote the adoption of this initiative in any and all youth sport organizations you are associated with. You do not need to be an expert in opioid abuse, or a walking encyclopedia of statistics to do this. If you need any help at all, the TAP staff is here to make it as easy as possible. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get right back to you.