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.

2018 High School Sports Safety Policy Rankings

Rank

               State

           Score (%) 

1 New Jersey 79.03
2 North Carolina 78.75
3 Massachusetts 71.4
4 Kentucky 71.13
5 Florida 62.45
6 Missouri 62.0
7 South Dakota 60.58
8 Washington 60.00
9 Wisconsin 59.13
9 Hawaii 59.13
11 Georgia 56.98
12 Arkansas 56.83
13 New York 55.75
14 Mississippi 55.25
15 West Virginia 54.33
16 Oregon 53.59
17 Virginia 53.40
18 Illinois 53.38
19 Tennessee 52.73
20 Arizona 52.00
21 Texas 50.80
22 District of Columbia 50.55
23 Utah 50.00
24 Pennsylvania 49.00
25 New Mexico 48.08
26 Nebraska 47.75
27 Alaska 47.40
28 Alabama 47.20
29 Maine 47.10
30 Nevada 47.00
31 Rhode Island 46.73
32 Vermont 46.38
33 Kansas 46.35
34 South Carolina 46.18
35 Indiana 46.00
36 Delaware 45.73
37 Ohio 43.93
38 Idaho 43.00
39 Maryland 42.63
40 Louisiana 41.00
41 Connecticut 40.80
42 Oklahoma 40.50
43 Michigan 39.73
44 Minnesota 38.35
45 North Dakota 38.00
46 Iowa 37.00
47 Wyoming 37.00
48 New Hampshire 36.00
49 Montana 33.25
50 California 26.00
51 Colorado 23.00

updated 8.13.18