Sports Injury Prevention

High school athletes account for an estimated 2 million injuries every year. Preventing these injuries from happening is one of the top priorities a coach must have.

Coaches do a variety of things to spare their players from injury. Some sports require more precautions than others. Jeremy Lowery, head coach of the PHS football team, believes how important it is to keep his players’ risk of injury as low as possible.

“The number one priority in any sport should be keeping your players healthy. Over winning and being successful, the safety of our players is above all,” said Lowery.

The football team uses precautions such as ankle taping to prevent any type of bone or tendon damage to the ankle.

Athletic Director Darek Newkirk has safety as a top priority and wants to reassure students, parents and fans that sports precautionary measures at PHS are in full effect.

“Coaches are required to undergo specific training in sports precautions prior to being a coach at the school,” said Newkirk.

Training courses such as CPR, heat prevention and concussion protocols are some examples of courses coaches are required to take. These courses educate coaches on different scenarios they could face when training student athletes.

Not only are coaches required to take classes to assure the safety of students, all teachers are required as well, including the CPR training courses. This ensures the safety of students not only on the court or field, but in the classroom as well.

On August 10, the Varsity cross country team witnessed first hand the impact of all the training and preparation the staff had taken.

While running at cross country practice, junior Tyler Griffith collapsed and immediately went into cardiac arrest. CPR was administered to him by nearby faculty members, and he was then flown out to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

“We were prepared for something like this and did the right things to help Tyler,” said Newkirk.

Since the incident, little to no changes have been made regarding precautions. Knowledge of where AEDs (automated external defibrillator) are located and communicated with faculty members continues to be a priority.

PHS is selling T-shirts in support of Griffith and his family. The money raised will go to Griffith’s family for their medical bill expenses after the incident. Order forms are located in the office and cost only $10. The more shirts sold, the better off Tyler and his family will be. Buy a shirt and show your support for the Griffith family.

Sports precautions are very important and, in some cases, can be life saving actions. PHS is proud to have effective sports precautions for all student athletes.


Story by Jace Ingle

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