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Playing It Safe With High School Sports
Date:7/3/2008

ons (approximately one-fifth of the coaches) or had a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published kit about concussions were the most informed.

"Our educational efforts have been effective," she said.

To further improve safety for young athletes, NATA has published a summary statement with 11 strategies for anyone -- coaches, athletic directors, parents -- interested in providing comprehensive medical care to high school athletes.

Among the recommendations

  • Organizations that sponsor high school athletics should put in place a health-care team to ensure timely and appropriate care for all athletes;
  • Those same organizations need to develop an emergency action plan to ensure that injuries and illnesses are treated promptly;
  • Students participating in sports should have a physical exam to detect any health problems that might be aggravated by physical activity.

"Our hope is that the summary statement and strategies will together provide an opportunity for all high school athletes to get appropriate medical treatment whenever and wherever they play sports," said Almquist, who chaired the task force and is lead author of the statement.

More information

The NATA consensus statement outlines how to set up a safe environment for high school athletes.



SOURCES: Jon Almquist, Virginia Athletic Training License (VATL) ATL, ATC, athletic training program administrator, Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Va.; Steve Broglio, Ph.D., assistant professor of kinesiology and community health, University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign; Dawn Comstock, Ph.D., assistant professor, Ohio State University College of Medicine, department of pediatrics, primary investigator, The Center for Injury Research and Policy, Nationwide Children's Hospi
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