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North Carolina Moves To Require Athletic Trainers for Every High School

Add North Carolina to the growing list of states that is getting serious about high school sports safety.

During the past school year, five North Carolina student-athletes died, including football players Matt Gfeller, Atlas Fraley, and Jaquan Waller (the last from second impact syndrome), and two basketball players.

In the wake of the deaths, the state is taking four important steps to improve the safety of high school sports.

Protective Goggles Prevent Most Eye Injuries in Sports

As many as 9 out of 10 of all sports-related eye injuries can be prevented by wearing protective eyewear.  Here are some tips on buying protective goggles for your child.

Eye Protection is Essential for All Athletes

April is Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month, and through its EyeSmartTM campaign the American Academy of Ophthalmology reminds the public that 40,000 people suffer from eye injuries related to sports every year. The Academy advocates the need for athletes to wear appropriate, sport-specific protective eyewear properly fitted by an eye care professional.

Teenage Depression - Effects, Signs and Symptoms

An estimated 6% of American teenagers (nearly two million) suffer from clinical depression (major depressive disorder or MDD).  Routine, yearly screening on all American teenagers for depression is recommended, even if they don't show symptoms.

High School Sports Safety: California Poised To Jump on the Bandwagon

A new day, a new state high school sports safety bill.

Or so it seems.

Last week, it was the state of Washington passing bills to improve concussion safety by requiring pre-season concussion education of athletes and parents, and adoption of the strictest return-to-play concussion guidelines in the country. The bill awaits the governor's signature.

High School Sports Safety Bill Becomes Law in Kentucky

A bill requiring all Kentucky high school coaches to complete a 10-hour sports first-aid and sports-safety training course and pass an exam before the 2009-2010 school year was  signed into law on March 24, 2009 by Kentucky governor Steve Beshear.

Return To Sports: Psychological Readiness Just Important As Physical

An athlete not only needs to be physically ready before he returns to the playing field, he also needs to be psychologically ready. If he returns too soon, he risks re-injury, injury to a different part of the body, depression, and decreased performance. A new test helps determine psychological readiness.

Athletic Health Care Teams: Many Component Parts

An athletic health care team (AHCT) allows a comprehensive approach to sports injuries by middle schools, high schools and community-based sports programs by including medical professionals from many disciplines.

Sports Injury and Prevention Requires Team Approach, Says NATA

To help middle and high schools and private- and community-based youth sports organizations (YSOs) provide appropriate medical care to secondary-school-aged adolescents in sports, the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) recently issued a Summary Statement calling for schools and YSOs to establish, in consulation with administrators, coaches, parents and athletes, athletic health care teams (AHCTs) to approach the issue of athletic injuries in a comprehensive way.

Hazing: Sample Policy Statement from NFHS

The purpose of the hazing policy issued by the National Federation of State High School Associations is to maintain a safe learning environment that is free from hazing for students and staff members, Hazing activities of any type are inconsistent with the educational goals of a school district and are prohibited at all times.
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