What should I do if I am injured?
1. If you are the athlete, tell your coach then go to the Athletic Trainer. The Athletic Trainer will contact your parent after the evaluation has been completed, or the coach will contact your parent if it's an emergency.
2. If Athletic Trainer is unavailable, and you suspect the athlete has an emergency-related injury, do not hesitate to get immediate medical attention – contact EMS or transport to nearest ED. Follow the Emergency Action Plan.
3. DO NOT participate in athletics until evaluated by Athletic Trainer.
4. If Athlete is seen by a Doctor the Athlete needs to turn in a note to the Athletic Trainer before return to participation.
Return to Activity Following an Injury
“Athletes who have missed practices or games due to an injury or illness must be re-evaluated by the Athletic Trainer before they are allowed to return to active participation regardless of referral or treatment by a physician. Please note, coaches do not have this authority.
Written clearance to participate does not guarantee the athlete will be able to immediately return to the highest level of activity in their particular sport. Therefore, it is important for the Athletic Trainer to re-evaluate an athlete in order to determine the athlete’s readiness to return to activity. This re-evaluation may include functional testing to determine what level of activity is safe for the athlete to return to participating in. Coaches must maintain good communication with the Athletic Trainer to receive clearance BEFORE allowing an athlete to return to any activity following an injury. The Licensed Athletic Trainer is the on-site healthcare professional with the responsibility and authority to withhold the athlete from practice or competition if they believe the athlete is at further risk of injury. The licensed Athletic trainer works under the direction of a supervising physician via an operating protocol providing this responsibility.
Any athlete who fails to report an injury or who fails to report being treated by a physician for a particular injury is in violation of school policy and assumes all risk for continued participation in practice or contests.” – DCPS Policies & Procedures Handbook