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The Institute for Preventative Sports Medicine has testified on its research findings before the House Appropriations Committee on Labor, Health and Human Services. Following the testimony, federal recommendations were developed for the use of break-away bases on recreational baseball and softball playing fields in all federally operated facilities. These include all U.S. military facilities world-wide, and federal correctional institutions. The Institute advocates mandating the use of break-away bases at both the amateur and professional levels.

The Institute has assisted the U.S. House Subcommittee on Commerce, Consumer Protections and Competitiveness in its investigations of the ethical practices of manufacturers marketing sporting goods alleged to be safer.

The Institute participated in the Sports Medicine section of the Second World Conference on Injury Prevention and Control hosted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, 1993. The Institute's work on chest impact fatalities due to baseballs and its break-away base studies were featured at this international event.

The Institute has also presented its research to the National Symposium on Youth Baseball Injuries, the International Congress and Exposition on Sports Medicine and Human Performance, The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, the American College of Sports Medicine, the Canadian Academy of Sports Medicine, and the National Athletic Trainers Association.

The Institute is represented on the Federal Advisory Board to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, the Governor's Council on Health, Fitness and Sports, the National Institutes of Health Trauma Research Task Force, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and National Health Statistics International Collaborative Effort on Injury Panel.

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