For the past 13 years, the NFHS has worked with Dawn Comstock, PhD and High School RIO, which continues to be the national injury surveillance system for the NFHS.  High School RIO captures injury data from a large national sample of US high school athletes enabling evaluation of rates and patterns of injury across sports, types of athletic activities, and gender.  Such information helps drive evidence-based decisions by NFHS Rules Committees, NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC), state associations, physicians, athletic trainers, and coaches and athletic directors across the country.  High School RIO injury data is available to help those working to minimize risk to high school athletes and to try and keep them healthy.

Attached is some information on High School RIO – the national high school sports injury surveillance system.  As fall sports’ practices begin for the 2018/19 academic year, the High School RIO staff is once again inviting high schools to participate.   If you have any member high schools in your respective state that has a certified athletic trainer and would be interested in participating in High School RIO this school year, please forward the two attached documents – HS RIO Flyer and 2018-19 and HS RIO Participant Agreement Form to them.  States with large proportions of their member schools participating in the study are eligible to receive state-level aggregate reports of injury rates and patterns.

Please feel free to contact Dr. Comstock if you have any questions:

R. Dawn Comstock, PhD
Epidemiology, Colorado School of Public Health
Peds Emergency Med, Univ. of CO School of Medicine
Program for Injury Prevention Education & Research (PIPER)
13001 East 17th Place, Mailstop B119
Aurora, CO, 80045