What is Team Up for Sports Safety (TUFSS)?
“The TUFSS initiative builds on research published by KSI in 2017 which examined existing state mandates to assess their inclusion of best-practice policy recommendations for catastrophic injuries in sport. KSI found that many state policies do not include even the most widely-accepted standards. For example, data shows more than 90 percent of sports-related deaths among secondary school athletes are due to cardiac arrest, exertional heat stroke, traumatic brain injuries and exertional sickling, a medical emergency occurring in athletes that carry the sickle cell trait. Simple, cost-effective strategies can prevent nearly all deaths, but currently no state meets 100 percent of the minimum best-practice standards.” – Press Release from October 10th, 2019
The Mission of TUFSS
The goal of TUFSS is to propel adoption of policies proven to reduce the incidence of catastrophic sport injuries for secondary school athletes.
The TUFSS project accomplishes this by identifying and bringing together the key individuals responsible for improving health and safety policies for high school athletes within a particular state. These individuals include, but are not limited to, state athletic/activities association, state athletic/activity association SMAC members, superintendents, principles, state legislators, athletic trainers, coaches, and medical personnel. These state specific meetings facilitate the collaboration of key stakeholders with the objective to formalize actionable items for adoption or improvement of health and safety policies as it pertains to secondary school athletic healthcare.
Together, with the NFL Foundation and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, along with many private donors, TUFSS continues to support athletic safety initiatives in secondary school athletics across all 50 states (& the District of Columbia).
TUFSS in the News
Ohio Medical and Sports Experts Come Together to Advance Lifesaving Measures for the State’s High School Athletes
California Medical and Sports Experts Come Together to Advance Lifesaving Measures for the State’s High School Athletes
Pennsylvania Medical and Sports Experts Come Together to Advance Lifesaving Measures for the State’s High School Athletes
3 Year Press Release from UConn: https://today.uconn.edu/2021/08/progress-continues-in-ensuring-safety-for-nations-high-school-athletes/
Recent TUFSS Publications
Adams, WM., Scarneo, SE., Casa, DJ. State-level implementation of Health and Safety Policies to Prevent Sudden Death and Catastrophic Injuries Within Secondary School Athletics. The Orthopedic Journal of Sports Medicine. 2017.
Scarneo-Miller, SE., Eason, CM., Adams, WM., Stearns, RL., Casa, DJ. State Level Implementation of Health and Saftey Policies to Prevent Sudden Death and Catastrophic Injuries Within High Schools: An Update. The American Journal of Sports Medicine. August 16, 2021.
States TUFSS has visited so far:
For more information about TUFSS, Please use our contact form at the bottom of the page, or send an email to Dr. Rebecca Stearns (firstname.lastname@example.org)