The fall school year is underway, along with the start of the exciting action of high school football and other sports. We at Theodoros & Rooth think it’s important for you to know the answer to the question: Just how safe is your high school athlete?
The positive news is that every state has some type of health and safety policy requirement for their high schools to follow, according to the Health and Safety Policy Ranking for High School Athletics released last month (August 2017) by the Korey Stringer Institute and sponsored in part by the NFL.
The goal of this project was to determine how states are mandating safety standards for their athletes. However, not a single state meets all the minimum best practice requirements for the areas focused on in this project, which happen to be the top causes of heat stroke and sudden death in sport, accounting for over 90% of sport-related deaths.
Regionally Indiana ranked #28 out of the 50 states; Illinois #16. For more information, click the link below.
North Carolina had the most comprehensive health and safety policies at 79 percent, followed by Kentucky at 71 percent. At the bottom were Colorado (23 percent) and California (26 percent). Those scores were based on states meeting best practice guidelines and addressing the four major causes of sudden death for that age group: cardiac arrest, traumatic head injuries, exertional heat stroke, and exertional sickling occurring in athletes with sickle cell trait.
The Korey Stringer Institute was founded as a result of and in memory of, Korey Stringer, a Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman who passed away from external heat stroke in August 2001.
We at Theodoros & Rooth realize that, for the most part, high school athletic programs in our region wish to prevent young people from suffering severe injury or even death on the field. We also know, sadly, that there are instances of irresponsible schools and athletic officials who sometimes take the easy way out and do not fully adhere to regulations. If you believe that is the case, we want to know.
If you are aware of anyone who has been seriously injured or killed due to negligence in any sporting activity, call us immediately. If we feel you have a legitimate case, we will represent you every step of the way until you receive justice. There is never a fee until the case is successfully resolved in your favor.