Athletic Training-Sports Medicine

 

Athletic Trainer though Reid Health

 

 Scott Gravatt

E-mail: reidsports@resc.k12.in.us
Phone: (765) 964-4840 x141, RESC
Phone: (765) 983-3092, x7172, Reid

Hours/availability: The athletic training room is open on school days from the end of school (final bell) until events end and on Saturdays as needed.

Summer Hours/availability: The athletic training room is open Monday through Thursday _:___  to _:___ throughout the summer for athletes who get injured and need assessed over summer break.

What is Athletic Training: Athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an allied health care profession.

Who are Athletic Trainers: Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic trainers work under the direction of a physician as prescribed by state licensure statutes.

Athletic Trainers Roles: To provide care for our athletes and visiting athletes. We evaluate injuries, provide first aid, rehabilitation and taping/bracing as necessary. We are available for every athlete after school to address any problems they may be experiencing. A decision will be made on whether an athlete can participate and if their injury requires them to visit a doctor. We will not allow any athlete to continue to play if the Athletic Trainer believes they may harm themselves further.

What we expect from parents: We expect to work together to care for your child. Please notify the Athletic Trainer if your athlete was injured during a practice, game or even at home so that we may be aware of the injury. This is preferable by email unless you need to talk to us directly. If you have questions regarding your athlete’s injury, please feel free to call, email or visit by appointment to discuss it further.

If your athlete is seen by a doctor regarding an injury or other reason affecting their participation in sports, it is the responsibility of the parent to make sure that a note indicating your athlete’s current participation status and continuing needs are conveyed in writing by their doctor and brought to the athletic trainer in a timely manner.

Physicals: Physicals must be on the IHSAA form. Physicals must be dated after April 1st to be eligible for the following year. Physicals MUST be signed by a doctor and must include the doctor’s license #. They also must have the athlete and a parent signature on them. Athletic physical nights are held annually at Reid Health.

Concussions: Any athlete exhibiting symptoms of a concussion will be required to see a doctor. Once cleared to return to participation, the athlete will be required to pass an appropriate return to play progression. More detail will be given out if this situation arises. If you have questions regarding ImPACT baseline testing, please email our athletic trainer. It is the responsibility of the athlete to discontinue participation and to self-report any symptoms of concussion to the athletic trainer as soon as they notice them. All athletes and parents should read the concussion fact sheets below for more information.
Link to Reid Health Concussion Page with Providers listed. https://www.reidhealth.org/services/concussion
Heads-up A Fact Sheet for Athletes
Heads-up A Fact Sheet for Parents

Participation following an injury:

IHSAA Rule 9-14: Practice Attendance Required to Participate in a Contest

A student-athlete shall attend and actively participate in regularly scheduled practice sessions to be eligible for inter-school athletic competition. If, as a result of a school strike, student suspension, athletic suspension, health limitation or other similar reasons, a student shall fail to attend and actively participate in regularly scheduled practice sessions, such student shall be required to complete the following prior to participation:

  • Attendance and active participation in preseason practices, if applicable;
  • Attendance and active participation in four (4) school-supervised practice sessions of normal length, which shall occur on four (4) separate days prior to the day of the contest, if the student fails to attend and actively participate in more than four (4) but less than eleven (11) consecutive days of regularly scheduled practice
  • Attendance and active participation in Six (6) school supervised Practice sessions of normal length, which shall occur on Six (6) separate days prior to the day of the Contest, if the student fails to attend and actively participate in more than Ten (10) consecutive days of regularly scheduled practice

Interpretation of Rule 9-14:
Days Missed – # of Practices Required
5 to 10 days – 4 practices
More than 10 days – 6 practices

Nutrition/Hydration: We will provide water for all the athletes for home games.

Hygiene: Please remind your athletes about good hygiene. Athletes must shower as soon as possible after every practice and game. Athletes should not share towels (send one with your athlete), soap or deodorant. Please make sure they are bringing home their gear and properly disinfecting it on a weekly basis. It is helpful to send your athlete with disinfecting wipes to store in their locker for daily use. Washing hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water helps prevent the spread of infection.