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California Ranks Last in Athlete Safety

With school about to start and high school football practice underway. a new study has California ranked at the bottom when it comes to protecting high school student athletes. Dr. Douglas Casa, with the Korey Stringer Institute in Connecticut which released the study, said football is the sport with the highest risk for head injuries….

Listen to Douglas Casa 1

Stringer was an NFL football player who collapsed and died in the heat during practice in 2001. Bob Gfeller’s son died while playing football almost a decade ago, and he offers some simple tips for parents the next time parents drop their kids off at practice…

Listen to Bob Gfeller

Casa recommends high schools make simple policy changes sooner rather than later…

Listen to Douglas Casa 2

The study, which ranked states on their health and safety policies, found many were not following all safety guidelines to protect student athletes from potentially life-threatening conditions. The study found there are three major causes of sudden death among high school players, including cardiac arrest, traumatic head injuries and heat stroke. California was ranked at the bottom of the list with Colorado second to last. North Carolina and Kentucky ranked highest in the nation. High school football starts in two weeks.

–from Metro News Services

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