Colorado has long been a national leader in many of the advances in player safety and sports medicine. The ranking released Tuesday morning by the Korey Stringer Institute is not an accurate reflection of what is happening in the state of Colorado surrounding sports medicine and player safety.
"It is my understanding that, last year, the CHSAA chose not to submit or participate with the questionnaire involved with this ranking," said CHSAA commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green. "We respect all the work that the Korey Stringer Institute does to educate nationally on these areas, but it was not clear to our Association how these statistics and numbers would be used.
"Our Association has been at the forefront of sports medicine platforms and we would invite members of the Korey Stringer Institute, and anyone else in the sports medicine field, to attend our committee meetings, or visit our website, CHSAA.org, to see the comprehension of our safety outreach."
Specifically, there are dozens of links to best practices available to our member schools at CHSAA.org/sports/medicine, including a direct link to the Korey Stringer Institute.
Additionally, members of the CHSAA Sports Medicine Committee and the CHSAA staff have routinely been asked to serve on the national sports medicine committee. CHSAA staff also attends the National Athletic Trainers' Association conference each year.
As part of our annual All-School Summit last week, we prominently featured presentations on Emergency Action Plans as an additional way to extend the sports medicine education we provide our schools.
"We are confident in the work our Association does with sports medicine and player safety, and will continue to stand among the national leaders in that area," Blanford-Green said.