Sport Safety Policies Ranking Archive

Below is a table with the summary of the changes made in the most recent update.

Last Update: April 1, 2019

State Old Rank New Rank Old Points New Points Change Score Areas Changed
Alabama 25 24 47.9 49.7 +2.5 Heat

·       State requires all schools to have a heat modification policy

·       The recommended heat policy is based off Heat Index

·       The heat policy has at minimum 4 levels of modification, including the modification of practice time

·       Policy includes modification of equipment (if applicable to sport)

Arizona 18 19 52 54 +2 Traumatic Head Injury

·       No child/adolescent should return to sport/activity unless he/she has managed to return to school

California 50 50 26 30 +4 Sudden Cardiac Arrest

·       All athletic trainers, coaches, administrators, school nurses and physical education teachers should have access to an AED on school property

·       Institutions sponsoring athletic events/activities should have an AED on site or access to one at each athletic venue for practices, games or other athletic events

Colorado 51 51 23 28 +5 Athletic training services

·       Athletic trainers must be licensed

Connecticut 38 38 40.8 44.80 +4 Emergency Preparedness

·       Coach education required as part of coaching certification on topics relating to preventing sudden death in sport

Delaware 32 34 43.73 46.35 +2.62 Heat

·       Policy mentions the use of a shaded area for rest breaks

District of Columbia 20 23 50.55 52.55 +2 Sudden Cardiac Arrest

·       AED should be stored in a safe place

Idaho 39 36 40 46 +6 Heat

·       If exertional heat stroke is suspected, onsite cooling using cold water immersion before transport to the hospital

Massachusetts 3 3 67.4 75.025 +7.625 Heat

·       State requires all schools to have a heat modification policy

·       Cold water immersion tubs for onsite cooling for all warm weather practices

New Hampshire 44 41 36 42 +6 Heat

·       Days 1-5 are the first formal practices. No more than 1 practice occurs per day

·       In days 1-5, total practice time should not exceed 3 hours in any 1 day

·       On days 1-5, 1-hour maximum walk-through is permitted, however there must be a 3-hour minimum between practice and walk-through (or vice versa)

·       During days 1-2 of first formal practices, a helmet should be the only protective equipment permitted (if applicable). During days 3-5, only helmets and shoulder pads should be worn. Beginning on day 6, all protective equipment may be worn and full contact may begin.

Football only: on days 3-5, contact with blocking sleds and tackling dummies may be initiated

Full-contact sports: 100% live contact drills should begin no earlier than day 6

Oregon 15 7 53.59 61.592 +8.002 Heat

·       Cold water immersion tubs for onsite cooling for all warm weather practices

·       If exertional heat stroke is suspected, onsite cooling using cold water immersion before transport to the hospital

Sudden cardiac arrest

·       Institutions sponsoring athletic events/activities should have an AED onsite or access to one at each athletic venue for practices, games, or other athletic events

Tennessee 17 17 52.73 54.725 +1.995 Heat

·       Days 1-5 are the first formal practices. No more than 1 practice occurs per day

·       In days 1-5, total practice time should not exceed 3 hours in any 1 day

 

 

Texas 19 22 50.8 52.8 +2 Heat

·       Days 1-5 are the first formal practices. No more than 1 practice occurs per day

·       In days 1-5, total practice time should not exceed 3 hours in any 1 day

Utah 30 18 44 54 +10 Emergency Preparedness

·       Coach education required as part of coaching certification on topics relating to preventing sudden death in sport

West Virginia 14 10 54.33 59.325 +4.995 Athletic training services

·       Athletic trainers must be licensed

 

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Archived rankings/summaries:

August 2018

July 2018

June 2018

Original Rankings (official original manuscript)