NFHS Sports Medicine Position Statements and Guidelines

By NFHS on January 20, 2022 sports_medicine Print

DISCLAIMER – NFHS Position Statements and Guidelines 

The NFHS regularly distributes position statements and guidelines to promote public awareness of certain health and safety-related issues. Such information is neither exhaustive nor necessarily applicable to all circumstances or individuals, and is no substitute for consultation with appropriate health-care professionals. Statutes, codes or environmental conditions may be relevant. NFHS position statements or guidelines should be considered in conjunction with other pertinent materials when taking action or planning care. The NFHS reserves the right to rescind or modify any such document at any time. 

COVID-19 Guidance

Updated NFHS-AMSSM Guidance Statement on Cardiopulmonary Considerations for High School Student-Athletes During the COVID-19 PandemicJanuary 2022

Statement on Risk of COVID-19 During High School SportsJanuary 27, 2021

Guidance for Opening up High School Athletics and Activities – January 2021

NFHS-AMSSM Guidance for Assessing Cardiac Issues in High School Student-Athletes with COVID-19 InfectionJuly 2020

KSI - Return to Sport and Exercise During COVID-19 Pandemic - June 2020

Statement on PPE and Athletic Participation: Ramifications of the COVID-19 Pandemic - April 2020

Position Statements

Guidelines on Handling Practices and Contests During Lightning or Thunder Disturbances - January 2021

Position Statement and Recommendations for the Use of Energy Drinks by Young Athletes - January 2021

Post Event Toolkit - August 2020

Position Statement on Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drugs and Substances - May 2020

Position Statement on Smokeless Tobacco - May 2020

Invasive Medical Procedures on the Day of Competition Position Statement - May 2020

Position Statement on Emerging Technology and Risk Minimization -  May 2020

Suggested Guidelines for Management of Concussion in Sports - April 2019

A Parent’s/Guardian's Guide to Concussion - April 2019

Sport Specialization Position Statement - April 2019

Position Statement on Physical Activity, Air Quality and Wildfires - April 2019

NFHS Statement on Medical Appliances and/or Medical Devices –  April 2019 

Soft Headgear in Non-Helmeted Sports Position Statement - April 2019 

Position Statements: A Guiding Document - October 2018

General Guidelines for Sports Hygiene, Skin Infections and Communicable Diseases - October 2018

Position Statement and Recommendations for Mouthguard Use in Sports - October 2018

Position Statement and Recommendations for Maintaining Hydration to Optimize Performance and Minimize the Risk for Exertional Heat Illness - April 2018 

Heat Acclimatization and Heat Illness Prevention Position Statement - April 2018 

Sports Related Skin Infections Position Statement and Guidelines - April 2018

Task Force Reports

The Essentials Initiative - October 2016

Recommendations and Guidelines for Minimizing Head Impact Exposure and Concussion Risk in Football - October 2014

Sports Medicine Summit Reports

NFHS Injury Epidemiology Summit Executive Summary - September 2019