New rankings show gaps in high school athletic safety programs

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New rankings show gaps in high school athletic safety programs

August 22, 2018

A new state ranking shows wide variations in safety measures for young athletes. 

In this TIME magazine article by Lisa Lewis, UW Medicine's Dr. Jonathan Drezner noted that is was "unacceptable" to him "that there are still high schools in the United States that don’t have AEDs and also unacceptable to me that there are high schools that don’t have a comprehensive emergency response plan for cardiac arrest on their campus.”

Drezner was the co-author of the 2013 recommendations on behalf of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, who also directs the Center for Sports Cardiology and is a professor of family and sports medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

The results of a recent study Drezner co-authored show that there were about 50 cases per year of sudden cardiac arrest in high school athletes between July 2014 and June 2016, although Drezner believes the actual number is likely higher. 

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