A new high school sports study has found many states are not following all safety guidelines to protect student-athletes from potentially life-threatening conditions.
The study was released by the Korey Stringer Institute, named after the former Minnesota Vikings star who died from heat stroke in 2001.
The study ranked states on their health and safety policies. North Carolina and Kentucky ranked highest in the nation, while Colorado and California were at the bottom.
The study found there are four major causes of sudden death among high school players. They are cardiac arrest, traumatic head injuries, heat stroke, and exertional sickling, which occurs in athletes with sickle cell trait.
The institute is urging high schools to make simple policy changes that can save lives.
Experts at the Institute say adopting safety policies to address the leading causes of death among student-athletes would probably cost less than $5,000 per school.