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 Medicine.

State High School Sports Safety Policies Press Conference

2021 State High School Sports Safety Policy Evaluation

Rank

State

 

Score (%)

1 New Jersey 85.00
2 Massachusetts 79.4
3 North Carolina 79.38
4 Florida 76.2
5 Kentucky 71.75
6 Hawaii 71.33
7 District of Columbia 70.75
8 Georgia 70.20
9 Tennessee 69.35
10 Oregon 68.59
11 Louisiana 65.00
12 Washington 63.13
13 Illinois 63.00
13 Missouri 63.00
15 Arkansas 61.20
16 South Dakota 60.58
17 Delaware 59.35
18 Wisconsin 59.13
19 West Virginia 58.53
20 Arizona 55.60
21 Mississippi 55.25
22 Utah 54.00
23 Texas 53.60
24 Virginia 53.40
25 Indiana 52.00
26 Alabama 51.70
27 Maine 51.10
28 New York 50.75
29 Kansas 50.35
30 Vermont 49.80
31 Pennsylvania 49.00
32 New Mexico 48.70
33 Nebraska 47.75
34 Alaska 47.40
35 Nevada 47.00
36 South Carolina 46.80
37 Rhode Island 46.73
38 Idaho 46.00
39 Connecticut 44.80
40 Michigan 44.73
41 Ohio 43.93
42 Oklahoma 42.90
43 Maryland 42.63
44 New Hampshire 42.00
45 Iowa 39.00
46 Minnesota 38.98
47 North Dakota 38.00
48 Wyoming 37.00
49 Colorado 36.00
50 Montana 33.25
51 California 30.8

updated 03.12.2021