The heat stroke authorization form was created to protect athletic trainers. Some may want to use it and others may not. The completely voluntary form serves as an aid to educate school administrators and update EAPs at the local level. The NATA position statement, Preventing Sudden Death in Sports, will be printed in the January/February Journal of Athletic Training and posted online along with the authorization form.
NATA organized the recent Inter-association Task Force Addressing Sudden Death in Collegiate Sport & Conditioning Sessions. A set of minimum standards or best practices to reduce these deaths will be compiled and published. NATA will hold a press conference addressing this subject during its 2012 annual meeting and publish the paper in the July issue of the Journal of Athletic Training.