Congratulations North Carolina and Kentucky (KHSAA) High Athletic Associations (NCHSAA). North Carolina and Kentucky are the safest states to play high school sports the Korey Stringer Institute study reveals.
“The Korey Stringer Institute (KSI) is a not-for-profit organization housed at the University of Connecticut (Uconn) dedicated to the prevention of sudden death in sports, with a focus on exertional heat stroke (EHS).
“After Korey Stringer’s death in August 2001 from EHS, Korey’s widow, Kelci Stringer, settled her lawsuit against the National Football League (NFL) in January 2009. KSI stems from this settlement, with Kelci Stringer teaming up with EHS expert, Dr. Douglas Casa, from the University of Connecticut, and the NFL. The purpose of KSI is to minimize preventable deaths in sports through awareness, education, and research in the ways to accurately prevent, recognize, and treat symptoms quickly by being a resource to the entire sports community.[1. NYTimes Korey Stringer Settlement] [2.University of Connecticut News] [3.ESPN NFL news] [4.USA Today: Heatstroke Awareness]
“Gary Gertzog, who is the NFL’s senior vice president of business affairs said that “We all thought this was a terrific opportunity to increase the education at all levels of sports, particularly at the youth level, so that they understand how to prevent heat illness. We all have been parents or coaches for youth sports and we all have seen kids playing in very extreme weather conditions. They wanted to make sure everyone understands how important it is to be properly hydrated.”[5.ESPN News]
• “A high school sports study conducted by the Korey Stringer Institute shows that many individual states are not fully implementing key safety guidelines to protect athletes from potentially life-threatening conditions, including heat stroke.
• “The state-by-state survey of all sports played in high school showed North Carolina with the most comprehensive health and safety policies at 79%, followed by Kentucky at 71 %.
• At the bottom were Colorado (23 %) and California (26 %).
• Those scores were based on a state meeting best practice guidelines addressing the four major causes of sudden death for that age group: cardiac arrest, traumatic head injuries, exertional heat stroke and exertional sickling occurring in athletes with sickle cell trait.
• See complete story: [Sports study: High school athletes not being fully protected by Barry Wilnerap, AP, Aug 8, 2017, Herald Leader, http://www.kentucky.com/living/health-and-medicine/article166001297.html]
Many factors have been at work and beneficial in the state of Kentucky.