Policies, plans, procedures
The following items are required prior to any and all aspects of athletic participation for grades 6-12:
- Each student-athlete and a parent/guardian must complete required Concussion and Sudden Cardiac Arrest education each year. The Concussion and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Presentation was created in response to two Pennsylvania legislative bills in the summer of 2012. Click the above link to access the document.
- A current physical examination, one year from the date of the last completed physical (rolling basis), must be on file with Jeannine Kelly, the MS/US nurse. (AIS Physical Form)
- AIS-On has been accessed and updated.
All athletes in grades 6-12 are required to take a baseline ImPACT test. Baseline tests are valid for two years. Athletes will be required to update their baseline test on an as needed basis. There is no need to fill out the waiver at this time but if you’d like more information about this program, please click on the link. (ImPACT Waiver)
- Athletes and coaches will report all injuries to the athletic trainer as soon as possible in order to initiate proper treatment.
- Any athlete unable to participate due to an injury/illness will be required to obtain clearance from the athletic trainer before returning to play.
- Any athlete who seeks medical attention for an injury/illness will need a note from the treating physician for participation. If full participation/clearance cannot be granted, all limitations must be listed for proper rehabilitation to occur by that athletic trainer. (Physician Evaluation Form)
- The athletic trainer may continue to hold out or limit participation of an athlete that has been cleared by a doctor when such action will result in a faster/safer return to full participation.
- Under no circumstances will a parental note or other form of communication suffice for return to participation.
- Please see the Concussion Protocol and Concussion Management Procedures for specific details relating to concussions.
So what is an Athletic Trainer? As described by the National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA)… Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences. More than 70 percent of certified athletic trainers hold at least a master’s degree.
Dr. Tricia Beatty is a board certified non-surgical sports medicine physician at the Rothman Institute who specializes in pediatric, adolescent, adult, and female musculoskeletal injuries. Dr. Beatty was highlighted as a Main Line Top Doc 2014, as the Top Female Sports Medicine Physician of 2012 in South Jersey Magazine, and Top Doc 2011 SJ Magazine. (www.rothmaninstitute.com
With increased incidents of concussion among adolescent girls in the past few years, we saw a need for a more detailed plan of action in managing concussed students. Unlike other injuries, mild-traumatic brain injuries, or concussions, affect students in their ability to engage in both the cognitive and physical aspects of school life.
Through far-reaching examiniation, we determined there should be greater connection between the individuals involved in supporting the recovery of these students: school nurse, athletic trainer, learning specialists, school counselor, division head, dean of students, advisor, teachers, coaches, athletic director.
Below are documents developed to explain our approach to concussion management.
- When a student has been evaluated and a concussion is suspected, the School Nurse or Athletic Trainer will communicate signs, symptoms, and appropriate action with the parent/guardian.
- The student will be held from academics, athletics, and all school sponsored events until evaluated further by a physician who is trained in the evaluation and management of concussions.
- Written documentation of diagnosis and management plan must be communicated with the School Nurse or Athletic Trainer prior to the student returning to school.
- Once the student is back to a full academic workload, has been asymptomatic for at least 24 hours, and has been cleared to begin the Return to Play Protocol by the treating physician, the student may begin such activity under the direction of the Athletic Trainer for athletic or physical education participation.
- Final written clearance will be needed for the full return to school life. Please refer to the Concussion Management Documents located on the Parent, Student Life, and Athletic pages of the website.
The following medical conditions require an annual Action Plan/Care Plan to be completed by your daughter’s physician: anaphylaxis (food or bee sting allergy), seizure disorder, asthma, and diabetes. If your daughter will be carrying emergency medication, or will need spare medication with the athletic trainer, or in her teams assigned medical kit, please forward these care plans to the school nurse via U.S. mail prior to the start of school. The forms are located in AIS-On and are referred to as Anaphylaxis Emergency Action Plan, Asthma Action Plan, Seizure Action Plan, Individualized School Health Plan: Diabetes.
- Athletes and coaches should report all injuries and illnesses promptly to the athletic trainer.
- The athletic training room works on a first come, first serve basis.
- Evaluations will occur through the morning until 2:30 at the latest.
- Treatment and rehabilitation programs may take place throughout the school day (free periods, lunch, study halls, etc.) but will be limited in the afternoon due to athletic events.
- All teams implement CHOP’s Injury Prevention and Lower Performance Enhancement Program: Ready.Set.Prevent. (link to site)