Every year, approximately 8 million students participate in high school athletics. With students across the country back to class — either virtually or in person — many families are also resuming participation in after-school athletic programs. Studies show that these activities improve fitness and academics and have long-term leadership benefits, extending far beyond graduation. While athletics can bring excitement and fun for students, they also bring the risk of injury. According to the CDC, high school athletes account for 2 million injuries, 500,000 doctor visits, and 30,000 hospitalizations annually.