Future of Sports: Protecting High School Athletes After Damar Hamlin
At the Super Bowl, the NFL honored the 25 medical personnel who saved the life of Damar Hamlin, the Buffalo Bills player whose heart stopped during play earlier in the season. Many high school athletes are lucky to have even one athletic trainer on site during games and practices; just 56% of schools with sports teams have access to athletic training services, down 10% since 2017. Having trainers on site can help save lives from cardiac arrest — the No. 1 cause of death among high school athletes — as well as prevent heat stroke, manage concussions, and treat a range of knee and other injuries among the millions of athletes who play high school sports.
What if Hamlin’s survival served as a catalyst to get every high school athlete access to an athletic trainer? What would it cost to do that elsewhere? What innovative partnerships exist to make this happen? And, where that’s not possible due to financial or personnel reasons, what other options exist to save lives and care for young athletes’ health?
Join us March 30 (12-1 pm EST) for this conversation. Speakers include:
Jeff Miller, NFL executive vice president for communications, public affairs and policy
Dr. Douglas Casa, Korey Stringer Institute CEO
Kathy Dieringer, National Athletic Trainers’ Association president
Tyrre Burks, Players Health CEO/Founder
Jon Solomon, Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program editorial director (moderator)
Miss the last Future of Sports conversation?Watch the replay here