The state of Missouri and the Kansas City Chiefs have joined a national effort aimed at reducing catastrophic injuries in high school athletes.
The Team Up For Sports Safety campaign was established by the Korey Stringer Institute. Stringer was a Pro Bowl lineman who died of exertional heatstroke during Minnesota Vikings training camp in 2001. The goal is for states to adopt new policies to “dramatically” reduce sport-related injuries and fatalities. Missouri is implementing “wet bulb globe” temperature guidelines, cold-water immersion heat stroke treatment, coaching education, and automated external defibrillator (A-E-D) access.
Today’s meeting will include Chiefs head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder, Missouri doctors, and high school stakeholders.