When a player is injured during a practice or home game and the injury requires follow up, a note will be sent home OR an email will be sent to the parents. The note will outline any instructions necessary for home. It is expected that the students follow up with the trainer everyday until released by the trainer. In the case of an emergency, every effort will be made to contact a parent by text/phone in addition to EMS as needed.
If a student sees a doctor for an injury and is removed from participation, a note from the doctor outlining restrictions AND when she may return to play is MANDATORY. When the doctor removes a player, the trainer can not allow an athlete to resume playing without permission. No note = no play.
All Upper and Middle School students regardless of athletic status are IMPACT baseline assessed at the beginning of every other school year. We offer this service for free and will do follow up testing as needed if a concussion is sustained for any reason.
In keeping with Pennsylvania law, anyone who exhibits any signs of concussion will be removed from play. The athlete will be evaluated by the athletic trainer, who has been designated by the team physician, for potential return to play. The athletic trainer will determine if physician follow up is needed and will refer accordingly. Many times concussion symptoms can take over 48 hours to develop. Though an athlete may seem fine initially, without proper rest, more severe symptoms may appear. Students removed from play will most likely be given a return to play protocol to follow before resuming interscholastic competition. This can take anywhere from 5-10 days. Some physicians will designate a specific protocol to be followed. In addition, accommodations to the academic program will be made as needed by the teachers and administration.
All athletes are required to complete a PIAA pre-participation packet, including a medical clearance form to be signed by a physician or nurse practitioner. This packet must be completed every year no earlier than May 31st. Forms are available here. Only pages 1-6 are needed. Subsequent sport seasons in the same school year require section 7 to be completed by the parents and turned in. All forms are due after the first full week of each season. Anyone without a complete packet will be required to sit and watch until the full packet is received.