The SAFE PLAY Act would direct the CDC and U.S Department of Health and Human Services to recommend the development of emergency actions plans for student athletes, report to Congress on the number of sports related fatalities and catastrophic injuries as well as their cause, and develop and disseminate information about the health risks associated with exposure to excessive heat and humidity. The Act also would provide means to educate athletes, parents, and coaches on how to avoid heat-related illness, develop information on the ingredients used in energy drinks, potential side effects, and recommend guidelines for the safe consumption of energy drinks by students.
As far as federal funding, the bill would assist school districts in developing and implementing a standard plan for concussion safety and management and set up concussion management teams to respond to incidents on campus, developing and implementing an excessive heat action plan to be used during all school-sponsored athletic activities that occur during periods of excessive heat and humidity, and provide access to critical resources to teach students across the country the life-saving skills of CPR and how to AEDs.
The National Athletic Trainers Association played a pivotal role in the introduction of this legislation, and is dedicated to building support of the bill. As members of the NATA, it is our responsibility to reach out to local legislators and ask them to support this essential bill. We must be proactive and reach out to our school administrators, parent advocates, coaches, team physicians, and all other members aiming to keep youth athletes safe. Let’s generate some support!
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Emma Nye LAT, ATC