As a school administrator you are already aware of all the benefits of a robust high school athletic program. Studies show that student athletes are less likely to drop out of high school, more likely to attend college, less likely to have heart disease and more likely to succeed in their careers.
NAVIGATING THE RISKS OF HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS
With the clear advantages of high school athletics, there are also some very real risks.
Today, the secondary school athletic population leads the nation in sports-related deaths.60 – 65 15- to 17-year-olds experience the highest rate of sports-related emergency room visits.5 Among high school athletes, concussion rates have steadily increased in the past decade.27 Sports-related injury also has an economic impact. If student athletes miss school due to an injury, there is a risk in decreased funding from the state due to absenteeism.
As concerns over the growing number of injuries sustained in school-sponsored sporting events and practices increase, school administrators must reexamine the medical services they provide our student athletes.
A WAY TO REDUCE YOUR SCHOOL’S RISKS
By adding an athletic trainer to your school’s staff you can help protect your student athletes and your school from many of these sports-sustained injuries and the lawsuits that often come with them. Athletic trainers are equipped to provide student athletes a multitude of services.
Athletic trainers provide medical care and supervision during games and practices, and develop injury prevention programs to keep athletes healthy and on the field. Additionally, athletic trainers are able to assist with injury prevention education during practice, one-on-one time with athletes and through regular communication with parents. Should an injury occur, athletic trainers are able to diagnosis, treat and rehabilitate an injured athlete. As medical professionals, athletic trainers keep detailed records of the injuries they see and treatments they provide.
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RISK MITIGATION STATISTICS
- According to the CDC, many sports-related injuries are predictable and preventable.66
- Prevention of injury is critical because injury history is often a risk factor for future injury. Players with previous injuries have TWO OR THREE TIMES greater risk of incident injury compared to those without previous injury.7
- A study from the American Academy of Pediatrics showed that the presence of athletic trainers can have a significant positive impact on student athlete health, resulting in lower injury rates, improved diagnosis and return-to-play decisions for concussion and other injuries. An AT can also result in fewer recurrent injuries.111
- The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that an athletic trainer be present at all football games and practices.93
- Athletes at secondary schools with proper medical teams that include an athletic trainer sustain a lower incidence of injuries (both acute and recurring) than athletes at schools without athletic trainers. Athletes at secondary schools with athletic trainers incur more diagnosed concussions, demonstrating better identification of these injuries.59
- According to the recent National Federation of State High School Associations Recommendations and Guidelines for Minimizing Head Impact Exposure and Concussion Risk in Football, “an athletic trainer is a key component in any strategy to minimize injury risk and optimize safety for all participants.”