Study Finds California Ranks Second Worst in Nation for Student-Athlete Safety
SACRAMENTO — The importance of Assembly Bill (AB) 1510, by Assemblymember Matt Dababneh, which would increase safety for student athletes, has become more urgent as a recent study by the University of Connecticut’s Korey Stringer Institute ranked California second to last in the nation in implementing health and safety policies designed to prevent sudden death and catastrophic injury in high school sports.
Why the poor rating? One key reason: California is the only state in the nation that does not regulate athletic trainers – professionals charged with the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses sustained by athletes and individuals of all ages. This means anyone – regardless of education or certification – can be hired to act as an athletic trainer and provide treatment to athletes. Read more.