Kansas Safety in Sports Campaign

All across the state of Kansas, athletic trainers are providing their clinical skills and expertise each and every day to improve the overall health and safety of their athletes. According to a study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the presence of athletic trainers in the secondary schools lowers overall injury rates, improves diagnosis and return‐to‐play decisions, and reduces the risk for recurrent injuries. In other words, Safety in Athletics begins with having an Athletic Trainer.

“Athletic Trainers have a skill set that is very valuable, especially now when there is such a focus on concussions and related treatment and care. Concussed athletes are more likely to be identified in schools with athletic trainers and thus more likely to receive proper treatment.”

Cynthia LaBella, MD, FAAP; Lead Author, 2012 American Academy of Pediatrics Study.

This campaign is designed to educate communities on the importance of keeping our student-athletes safe in their athletic endeavors. Please read the information below and click on the resources provided to gain tips and directions on how to improve safety and lessen the risk of injury related to participation in sports.

At Your Own Risk

“A safer approach to work, life and sport. The National Athletic Trainers’ Association strives to advocate for athletic trainers by influencing public opinion and policy. NATA has developed a public awareness campaign, At Your Own Risk, aimed specifically at educating parents, student athletes, school administrators, legislators and employers on the athletic trainers’ role as an expert in prevention and safety. Learn more about how you can support this initiative at your local, state and district levels.”

National Athletic Trainers’ Association

Complete Your Sport Risk Assessment

Are you a parent, athlete, coach, administrator, or legislator? If so, please visit http://www.atyourownrisk.org/reduce-your-risk/ to see how you can help to reduce the risk of injury.

About Athletic Training and Athletic Trainers

Athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an allied healthcare profession.

Athletic Trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative service, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

How to Improve Safety in Sports

Emergency Action Plans

Emergency Action Plans “Preparation for response to emergencies includes education and training, maintenance of emergency equipment and supplies, appropriate use of personnel, and the formation and implementation of an emergency plan. The emergency plan should be thought of as a blueprint for handling emergencies. A sound emergency plan is easily understood and establishes accountability for the management of emergencies. Furthermore, failure to have an emergency plan can be considered negligence.” NATA Position Statement: Emergency Planning in Athletics

pdfHow to Create an Emergency Action Plan


A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, stretching and damaging the brain cells and creating chemical changes in the brain. Medical providers may describe a concussion as a “mild” brain injury because concussions are usually not life-threatening. Even so, the effects of a concussion can be serious.” −Centers for Disease Control

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Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Sudden cardiac arrest occurs suddenly and often without warning. It is triggered by an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia). With its pumping action disrupted, the heart cannot pump blood to the brain, lungs and other organs. Seconds later, a person loses consciousness and has no pulse. “Death occurs within minutes if the victim does not receive treatment.” −American Heart Association

“Though many athletes with heart conditions can live a normal life and not experience health-related problems, sudden fatality from a heart condition is the leading medical cause of death in NCAA athletes, responsible for 75% of all sudden deaths that occur during exercise, training or competition.” −National Collegiate Athletics Association

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According to the CDC, “lightning strikes Earth more than 8 million times per day.” 

“From 2004 to 2013, 33 people were killed and 234 injured due to lightning, and on average, lightning strikes are fatal to about 10% of people who are struck, while the remain 90% survive but with long-term, often debilitating symptoms.”


“If thunder roars – GO INDOORS!”

National Athletic Trainers’ Association

“Everyone should be in safe zones BEFORE lightning reaches the playing field.”

Korey Stringer Institute

For more information on Lighting Safety, pdfvisit Lightning Dos and Don'ts - NATA

Sickle Cell

In 2002, the NATA Task Force for Sickle Cell Trait Awareness determined that over the past four decades, exertional sickling has killed at least 15 football players.

“In the past seven years prior to publishing, it was reported that exertional sickling was the cause of nine student athlete deaths. Of the 136 sudden, non-traumatic sports deaths in high school and collegiate sports over a decade, 5% were from exertional sickling.”

−National Athletic Trainers’ Association

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Asthma is a chronic disease involving the airways in the lungs. For many asthma sufferers, timing of these symptoms is closely related to physical activity. Some otherwise healthy people can develop asthma symptoms only when exercising.” −American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

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