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 established a series of policies developed from best practice documents related to the top causes of sudden death in high school athletes. 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.

2019 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 Georgia 70.2
6 Oregon 66.59
7 Florida 62.45
8 Missouri 62
9 South Dakota 60.58
10 Washington 60
11 West Virginia 59.33
12 Wisconsin 59.13
12 Hawaii 59.13
14 Arkansas 56.83
15 New York 55.75
16 Mississippi 55.25
17 Tennessee 54.73
18 Utah 54
18 Arizona 54
18 Illinois 54
21 Virginia 53.4
22 Texas 52.8
23 District of Columbia 52.55
24 Alabama 49.7
25 Pennsylvania 49
26 New Mexico 48.08
27 Nebraska 47.75
28 Alaska 47.4
29 Delaware 47.35
30 Maine 47.1
31 Vermont 47
31 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 Minnesota 38.98
46 North Dakota 38
47 Iowa 37
47 Wyoming 37
49 Montana 33.25
50 California 30.8
51 Colorado 28

updated 8.12.19