North Carolina High School Athletic Association

NFHS: Changing the Culture of High School Football

Participation in high school sports has increased for 26 consecutive years, and there are currently more than 7.8 million participants – boys and girls – involved in education-based athletics at more than 19,000 high schools.

During the past quarter-century, nothing has been able to dissuade high school students from participating in sports, including all the communication devices that could keep kids on the sidelines. Undoubtedly, high school sports is one of the longest-running success stories around. 

Most assuredly, however, to keep participation numbers spiraling in an upward direction, athletic directors, school and state administrators, coaches, athletic trainers and others in the high school setting will have to answer this question from concerned parents: “Are high school sports safe for my son/daughter to participate?”

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