Warriors Sports Medicine

Warriors General Injury Guidelines:

 Injuries should be reported to coach and/or Athletic Trainer. Serious injuries should be seen by a physician. Athletes who are seen by a physician are under the care of that physician until that physician clears them to resume playing/practicing.
To return to practice, athletes must turn in a “Doctor’s note/Release to return to Sports” to the Athletic Training Room. Athletic Trainer will provide notes to coaches for injured athletes to return to practice.
Injuries, such as sprains and strains, should be iced for 15 minutes. Wait 1 hour between icing sessions. Icing 3 times per day is recommended, especially for new injuries. A bag of frozen peas makes a nice ice pack. Avoid heat for the first 48 hours following an injury. Avoid ibuprofen and aspirin for the first 48 hours following an injury.

Baseline Test:

This teat is done with the Athletic Trainer at school and must be done yearly. The mandatory sports that require this test are Football, Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, Baseball and Softball.

Concussion Facts for Parents, Guardians, Athletes, and Coaches

WHAT IS A CONCUSSION?

A concussion is a brain injury that:

  • Is caused by a blow to the head or body – from contact with another player, hitting a hard surface such as the ground, or being hit by a piece of equipment such as a bat or ball.
  • Can change the way your brain normally works.
  • Can range from mild to severe.
  • Presents itself differently for each athlete.
  • Can occur during practice or competition for ANY sport.
  • Can happen even if you do not lose consciousness.

All concussions are potentially serious and may result in complications including prolonged brain damage and death if not recognized and managed properly.  In other words, even a “ding” or a bump on the head can be serious.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF A CONCUSSION?

You can’t see a concussion, but you might notice some symptoms right away.  Other symptoms can show up hours or days after the injury.  If your child reports and symptoms of concussion, or if you notice the symptoms or signs of concussion yourself, seek medical attention immediately.  Concussion symptoms may include:

Amnesia Nausea or vomiting Neck pain
Confusion “Don’t feel right” Balance problems or dizziness
Headache or pressure in head Feeling sluggish, foggy or groggy Blurred double, or fuzzy vision
Concentration or memory problems (forgetting game plays, facts, repeated questions) Feeling unusually irritable Sensitivity to light or noise
Loss of consciousness Slowed reaction time Drowsiness

 

Exercise or activities that involve a lot of concentration, such as studying, working on the computer, or playing video games may cause concussion symptoms (such as headache or tiredness) to reappear or get worse.

SIGNS OBSERVED BY TEAMMATES, PARENTS AND COACHES INCLUDE:

  • Appears dazed
  • Vacant Facial expressions
  • Confused about assignment or answers questions slowly
  •  Forgets plays or is unsure of game, score, opponent etc.
  • Moves clumsily or displays poor coordination
  • Slurred speech
  • Shows behavior or personality changes
  • Can’t recall events prior to hit or can’t recall events after hit
  • Seizures, convulsions, or loss of consciousness

Below is a Concussion Information Sheet. We ask that all parents download the information below and discuss it with their student-athlete (s).

Concussion Statement for Student-Athletes (see below)

Download the concussion information.

Sincerely,

Tony Beza

EMT/ATC

tbeza@piusmatthias.org

(562)861-2271 ext 1041

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