Study: New Mexico gets low rating for student-athlete safety policies

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A new high school sports study shows New Mexico’s safety guidelines that protect student-athletes from potentially life-threatening conditions are lacking.

The Korey Stringer Institute ranked states on their health and safety policies. New Mexico ranked 24th with a score of just 48 percent.

The scores were based on four major causes of sudden death for student athletes — cardiac arrest, traumatic head injuries, heat stroke and exertional sickling, which is basically a log jam in the blood vessels due to heavy exercising.

North Carolina ranked first with a score of 78.

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