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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 is available on AIS-On, and can be found on the Athletics page on the resource board. 
  • 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. The form is available on AIS-On. 
  • Contact information on AIS-On has been 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.

Injury/Illness Reporting and Return to Participation

  • 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. 
  • In the event an athlete has been cleared by an MD but is unable to complete a functional evaluation with the Athletic Trainer (AT), the AT may continue to limit participation for a safer return to participation/play (RTP). 
  • 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.

 

Athletic Training

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.

Team/Supervising Physician

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)

Concussion Protocol

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 examination, 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.

The Agnes Irwin School Athletic Department has worked with ATI Sports Medicine to develop a comprehensive concussion management plan. For detailed information about our Concussion Management Plan for student-athletes, please click here

Emergency Medication

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.


 


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