Health & Safety

MHSAA Executive Committee meets to discuss upcoming sports seasons for Fall 2020

June 30, 2020 The MHSAA Executive Committee met Tuesday to discuss the upcoming high school sports seasons in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic. The 15-member Executive Committee is made up of school administrators from throughout the state. The committee will reconvene July 14 to determine what adjustments may be …

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MHSAA Return to Activity Update (June 15, 2020)

Progressing from Acclimatization Towards Normal Team Activities Recommended Steps: Two week acclimatization period mandated by the MHSAA June 1st communication 2-4 weeks of small group activities. Maintain group sizes at the limits established by the Mississippi State Department of Health. Teams should maintain separation into defined workout groups during this …

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NFHS Releases Guidelines for Return to High School Marching Band Activities

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         Contact: James Weaver INDIANAPOLIS, IN (June 9, 2020) —Similar to the guidance released last month for the nationwide reopening of high school athletics and activities, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has announced suggested procedures for a safe return to high school …

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COVID-19 Athlete Screening Checklist

Step 1: Ask your student athlete these following questions. If answered yes to any of these questions, move to the step 3. Do you have any of these symptoms: Fever? (have you taken any Tylenol or ibuprofen for fever?) Have you taken meds to reduce a fever? Body Chills? Cough? …

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MHSAA Executive Committee sets return to play measures

The MHSAA Executive Committee met Thursday to consider and implement return to activity guidelines for member schools during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in Mississippi. After thorough study and deliberation as well as recommendations from medical professionals across the state, the MHSAA Executive Committee approved the following for summer athletics and …

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COVID-19 Return to Activity Guidelines 5-21-2020

Mississippi High School Activities Association COVID-19 Return to Activity Guidelines MHSAA June 1 Guidelines Clarifications May 21, 2020 Resuming Activity June 1, 2020 The state of Mississippi and local municipalities are progressively decreasing restrictions on gatherings and business openings. With those changes in mind, MHSAA schools and communities are focusing …

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COVID-19 update

 COVID-19 UPDATE – May 19 The Mississippi High School Activities Association Executive Committee and staff continue to monitor the effects of the COVID-19 coronavirus on sports and activities for summer 2020. The MHSAA remains in communication with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), the MHSAA Sports Medicine …

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Covid-19 Update – May 11, 2020

Pre-participation Physical Examinations for the 2020-21 school year:  Upon the recommendations of the NFHS and MHSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committees, the MHSAA Executive Committee voted to approve the following for the upcoming 2020-21 school year: Sports and activities physicals (pre-participation physical evaluations) conducted on or after April 1, 2019, will …

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COVID-19 and Musical Instrument Cleaning

The NFHS, NAfME and the NAMM Foundation recommend the following guidelines for handling musical instruments during the COVID-19 school shutdown period. These guidelines are designed for use by music educators and educators may use these guidelines when teaching students and parents how to clean instruments. Sterilization vs. Disinfection There is …

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Concussion conference set for Sept. 26

A Concussion Conference will be held on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm at The Clyde Muse Center at Hinds Community College, located at 515 Country Place Parkway, Pearl, MS. Click the link below to download a flyer about the conference. Heads Up MS flyer

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School safety protocols for athlete, coach, spectator

Student (All Sports) Pre-participation Physical Form Pre-participation Student Participation Clearance Form (Parent signature) Pre-participation Concussion Form (Parent signature) 14 – Day Acclimatization Period Preseason Parent / Student / Coach Meeting Coach (All Sports) First Aid Certification (5 yr. recertification period, NCSS, American Red Cross) C.P.R. Certification (2 yr. recertification period) …

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South Carolina football player dies after collapsing at practice

According to The State newspaper in South Carolina, a 14-year-old football player on the River Bluff football team died Wednesday after collapsing at practice. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at the Lexington Medical Center Emergency Department. Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/high-school/prep-football/article95002192.html  

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Football safety guidelines for practice set

In an effort to increase the level of health and safety for student-athletes participating in the sport of football, the MHSAA executive committee approved the following guidelines to be effective beginning with the 2016 – 17 football season: Fall Practice Immersion tubs are required for the month of August. Weeks …

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Heat illness prevention course

http://nfhslearn.com/courses/34000/heat-illness-prevention Exertional heat stroke is the leading cause of preventable death in high school athletics. Exertional heat stroke also results in thousands of emergency room visits and hospitalizations throughout the nation each year. This free course, brought to you by EAS Sports Nutrition, a division of Abbott Labs, is designed …

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Heads Up Football Certification

Heads Up Football High School Supported and endorsed by the Mississippi High School Activities Association  In addition to the support from the Mississippi High School Activities Association, the New Orleans Saints have partnered with USA Football to cover the cost for all Mississippi high school coaches to get Heads Up …

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Safety courses online at nfhslearn.com

NFHS (SAFETY) COURSES CURRENTLY ONLINE FOR HS AND MIDDLE SCHOOL COACHES nfhslearn.com 1. First Aid, Health and Safety for Coaches 2. Concussion in Sports 3. Heat Illness Prevention 4. Sudden Cardiac Arrest 5. Coaching Pole Vault 6. Strength and Conditioning 7. Sports Nutrition 8. Introduction to Pitch Smart 9. Blocking, …

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NFHS, states continue efforts to reduce concussion risks

NFHS, STATE ASSOCIATIONS CONTINUE EFFORTS TO REDUCE RISK OF CONCUSSIONS IN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL As the end of the 2015 high school football season nears completion, this provides the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and its 51 member state associations an opportunity to reflect on the work …

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Sudden cardiac arrest course

http://nfhslearn.com/courses/61032/sudden-cardiac-arrest Sudden Cardiac Arrest Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the number one cause of death in the United States for student athletes during exercise. Caused by a structural or electrical problem associated with the heart, Sudden Cardiac Arrest happens when the heart unexpectedly stops beating and pumping blood. With content developed …

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