NFHS Sports Medicine Position Statements and Guidelines

By NFHS on March 12, 2020 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. 

Position Statements

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 the Use of Energy Drinks by Young Athletes - April 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

Guidelines on Handling Practices and Contests During Lightning or Thunder Disturbances - March 2018

Position Statement on Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drugs and Substances - April 2017

Position Statement on Smokeless Tobacco - October 2016

Invasive Medical Procedures on the Day of Competition Position Statement - April 2016

Position Statement on Emerging Technology and Risk Minimization -  October 2015

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