Please read the information below. It contains important information for parents, athletes and coaches of Masters athletes.
Impact Concussion Testing is REQUIRED for all students participating in athletics.
- Every student must have a complete, signed medical record on file before he or she can participate in athletics. The School nurse will provide coaches with information about students with athletic restrictions.
- In the case of an athletic injury, the coach should contact the School nurse (ext. 6478) or athletic trainer immediately. The trained medical professional will determine the situation and seek external help if further medical evaluation is necessary.
- For emergencies that arise at off-campus events (such as field trips, sport event, or vacation trip), the teacher or coach in charge should immediately notify the AOD for further instructions. in all cases the teacher or coach must take all reasonable steps necessary to protect students and other faculty members.
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The Concussion Management and Awareness Act, specifically Chapter 496 of the Laws of 2011, requires the Commissioner of Education, in conjunction with the Commissioner of Health, to promulgate rules and regulations related to students who sustain a concussion, also known as a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), at school and at any district-sponsored event or related activity.
These guidelines for return to school and certain school activities apply to all public school students who have sustained a concussion regardless of where the concussion occurred. The law also requires that school coaches, physical education teachers, nurses, and certified athletic trainers complete a New York State Education Department (NYSED) approved course on concussions and concussion management every two years. Finally, the law requires that students who sustained, or are suspected to have sustained, a concussion during athletic activities are to be immediately removed from such activities. Students may not return to athletic activities until they have been symptom-free for a minimum of 24 hours and have been evaluated by, and receive written and signed authorization to return to activities from a licensed physician.
Private schools have the option of adopting such policies. Private schools participating in interschool athletics with public school districts should check with their governing athletic body (e.g., New York State Public High School Athletic Association, NYSPHAA; or Public School Athletic League, PSAL) to see if complying with the Concussion Management and Awareness Act is a condition of participation.
To learn more please download the Guidelines for Managing Concussions in a School Setting
Administration of Wind Chill Procedures
- Wind Chill will be checked 1 hour before the contest/practice by a certified athletic trainer, athletic director, or school designee when the air temperature is 39 degrees Fahrenheit or lower.
- The athletic trainer, athletic director, or school designee will use the accuweather.com website to determine the heat index for the area of the contest/practice. Once a person is on the accuweather.com website, they will put in the zip code for the location of the contest/practice and the website will give them the air temperature as well as the RealFeel temperature (wind chill).
- If the RealFeel temperature (wind chill) is 10 degrees Fahrenheit or below, the athletic trainer, athletic director, or school designee must re-check the RealFeel (wind chill) at halftime or midway point of the contest/practice. The RealFeel (wind chill) temperature is -11 degrees Fahrenheit or lower, the contest/practice will be suspended.
Administration of Heat Index Procedures:
- The heat index will be checked 1 hour before the contest/practice by a certified athletic trainer, athletic director, or school designee when the air temperature is 80 degrees Fahrenheit or lower.
- The athletic trainer, athletic director, or school designee will use the accuweather.com website to determine the heat index for the area of the contest/practice. Once a person is on the accuweather.com website, they will put in the zip code for the location of the contest/practice and the website will give them the air temperature as well as the RealFeel temperature (heat index).
- If the RealFeel temperature (heat index) is 90 degrees Fahrenheit or above, the athletic trainer, athletic director, or school designee must re-check the RealFeel (heat index) at halftime or midway point of the contest/practice. If the RealFeel (heat index) temperature is 96 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, the contest/practice will be suspended.
Please refer to the following chart to take the appropriate actions:
Hydration Before Exercise
- Drink about 15-20 fl oz, 2-3 hours before exercise
- Drink 8-10 fl oz 10-15 min before exercise
Hydration During Exercise
- Drink 8-10 fl oz every 10-15 min during exercise
- If exercising longer than 90 minutes, drink 8-10 fl oz of a sports drink (with no more than 8 percent carbohydrate) every 15 - 30 minutes.
Hydration After Exercise
- Weigh yourself before and after exercise and replace fluid losses.
- Drink 20-24 fl oz water for every 1 lb lost.
- Heat exhaustion is often defined as the inability to continue exercise in the heat.
- It is often attributed to cardiovascular insufficiency, fluid and/or sodium losses, dehydration, or energy depletion.
- Exertional heat illnesses can range from a mild and easily resolved condition to a serious, life-threatening condition.
Heat exhaustion can be prevented by ensuring athletes are:
- Properly heat acclimatized
- Adequately hydrated
- Consuming a balanced diet
- Replacing lost fluids and electrolytes before, during, and after exercise.
- Sufficiently fit for the work demands placed on them
Signs and symptoms of heat cramps may include:
- Intense pain
- Persistent involuntary muscle contractions during or after exercise.
- Sweating (often “salty sweaters”)
Prevention of Exertional Heat Illness:
- The risk for an EHI may be substantially increased if an athlete is not properly acclimatized to exercise in the heat.
- Encourage athletes to get 6-8 hours sleep
- Eat a well-balanced diet
- Develop event guidelines for risk conditions
- Modify activity during high-risk conditions
- Plan rest breaks and supply fluids
- Weight of high-risk athletes
- Utilize shaded areas, minimize warm-ups