In April 2022 the KSHSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee provided updates to the KSHSAA Recommended Activity Modification Policy during periods of elevated heat/humidity. The Executive Board unanimously approved these updates at their April 2022 meeting. The policy updates incorporate the use of Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT) values instead of Heat Index values when making activity modification decisions. The impetus for the policy change was due to the availability of a grant to provide member schools with Kestrel 5400 Heat Stress trackers along with this being an area of improvement identified during the KSI TUFFS meeting. All 364-member high schools will be provided with a Kestrel Units. Please refer to the attachment for the full policy, or at https://www.kshsaa.org/Public/PDF/HeatPolicy-Current.pdf Additionally, the Exertional Heat Illness document found in the same section, has been updated. https://www.kshsaa.org/Public/PDF/HeatInfoCurrent.pdf
The KSHSAA pre-participation physical exam form has been updated based on the most recent edition of the PPE: Preparticipation Physical Evaluation, 5th Edition publication. The updated edition was developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and other supporting organizations.
High School RIO™ is the internet-based data collection tool used in the National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance Study. This study, currently the only surveillance study of all time-loss injuries in a national sample of US high school athletes, was first implemented during the 2005/06 academic year and has been maintained annually.
The ATLAS Project emerged from previous research conducted by KSI on behalf of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) with the primary intention of developing a real-time database of athletic training services in secondary schools throughout the U.S.
As part of a state-wide effort, the Kansas Athletic Trainers’ Society, along with numerous state high schools are sponsoring a “Safety in Football Campaign.” This campaign is designed to educate communities on the importance of keeping our student-athletes safe in their athletic endeavors.