State High School Sports Safety Policies

Preparing for an emergency should be the top priority for schools to ensure the safety of their athletes. Through the implementation of required policies and procedures, schools can be well prepared in the unfortunate event of a catastrophic injury.

At the Korey Stringer Institute, we have utilized best practice documents related to the top causes of sudden death in high school athletes to compile a group of policies that represent these best practices. These polices are relevant to the best practices developed for the top causes of sudden death in sport. Based off the “Inter-Association Task Force Document Preventing Sudden Death in Secondary School Athletics” document, the policies outlined on this website were evaluated directly from publicly available resources such as state high school associations and legislative websites.

Ranking of states regarding the implementation of evidence-based best practices for preventing and managing the leading causes of sudden death in secondary school athletics. State-Level Implementation of Health and Safety Policies to Prevent Sudden Death and Catastrophic Injuries Within Secondary School Athletics, the study which details the results, is publish in The Orthopedic Journal of Sports MedicineA full recording of the press conference announcing the results is available.

2020 High School Sports Safety Policy Rankings

Rank

State

 

Score (%)

 

1 New Jersey 83.40
2 Massachusetts 79.4
3 North Carolina 79.38
4 Kentucky 71.13
5 Hawaii 70.33
6 Georgia 70.2
7 Oregon 66.59
8 Illinois 63
8 Missouri 63
10 Florida 62.45
11 South Dakota 60.58
12 Washington 60
13 Delaware 59.35
14 West Virginia 59.33
15 Wisconsin 59.13
16 District of Columbia 58.55
17 Arkansas 56.83
18 Mississippi 55.25
19 Tennessee 54.73
20 Utah 54
20 Arizona 54
22 Texas 53.6
23 Virginia 53.4
24 Alabama 51.7
25 New York 50.75
26 Pennsylvania 49
27 New Mexico 48.7
28 Vermont 47.8
29 Nebraska 47.75
30 Alaska 47.4
31 Maine 47.1
32 Nevada 47
33 South Carolina 46.8
34 Rhode Island 46.73
35 Kansas 46.35
36 Idaho 46
36 Indiana 46
38 Connecticut 44.80
39 Ohio 43.93
40 Maryland 42.63
41 New Hampshire 42
42 Louisiana 41.8
43 Oklahoma 41.3
44 Michigan 39.73
45 Iowa 39
46 Minnesota 38.98
47 North Dakota 38
48 Wyoming 37
49 Colorado 34.4
50 Montana 33.25
51 California 30.8

 

 

updated 2.28.2020