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 79.03
2 North Carolina 78.75
3 Massachusetts 75.03
4 Kentucky 71.13
5 Florida 62.45
6 Missouri 62.0
7 Oregon 61.59
8 South Dakota 60.58
9 Washington 60.00
10 West Virginia 59.33
11 Wisconsin 59.13
11 Hawaii 59.13
13 Georgia 56.98
14 Arkansas 56.83
15 New York 55.75
16 Mississippi 55.25
17 Tennessee 54.73
18 Utah 54.00
18 Arizona 54.00
20 Virginia 53.40
21 Illinois 53.38
22 Texas 52.80
23 District of Columbia 52.55
24 Alabama 49.7
25 Pennsylvania 49.00
26 New Mexico 48.08
27 Nebraska 47.75
28 Alaska 47.40
29 Maine 47.10
30 Nevada 47.00
31 Rhode Island 46.73
32 Vermont 46.38
33 Kansas 46.35
33 Delaware 46.35
35 South Carolina 46.18
36 Idaho 46.00
36 Indiana 46.00
38 Connecticut 44.80
39 Ohio 43.93
40 Maryland 42.63
41 New Hampshire 42.00
42 Louisiana 41.80
43 Oklahoma 41.30
44 Michigan 39.73
45 Minnesota 38.35
46 North Dakota 38.00
47 Iowa 37.00
47 Wyoming 37.00
49 Montana 33.25
50 California 30.00
51 Colorado 28.00

updated 4.1.19