Heat Stress Safety for Student Athletes
There have been 550 fatalities among high school athletes between 1982-2015 resulting from exertional heat stress and related injuries.
Tragedy like this can be prevented.
UConn's Korey Stringer Institute recently released the findings from a National High School Sports Safety Study. Studies show that implementing evidence-based best practices and policy that include monitoring WBGT significantly reduces the risk of heat-related injury and illness.
It is critical that school sports programs take steps to protect student-athletes and prevent exertional heat stress.
“It doesn't cost much to save lives. You can get all of the equipment you need – plastic cold water immersion tubs, ice, rectal thermometers, advanced outdoor weather meters, automatic defibrillators – for under $2000. That's a very small price to pay..."
PhD, ATC, FACSM, FNATA
Chief Executive Officer, Korey Stringer Institute
Department of Kinesiology, UConn
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State Level Implementation of Health and Safety Policies Pertaining to Preventing Sudden
Death and Catastrophic Injury in Secondary School Athletics
William M. Adams, PhD, ATC; Samantha E. Scarneo, MS, ATC; Douglas J. Casa. PhD, ATC.
Korey Stringer Institute, Department of Kinesiology, University of Connecticut. Storrs, CT. August 2017