Student Athlete - Health and Safety

The goal of John W. North High School's Athletic Department is for our student-athletes to learn life lessons and grow as individuals through sports. Through these athletic endeavors our number one priority is their health and safety. Below are resources to help student-athletes, parents, coaches, and anyone in our community keep everyone participating in sports safe.
Concussions and Return to Play
Nationwide data continues to show that many catastrophic head injuries are a direct result of injured athletes returning to play too soon, not having fully recovered from the first head injury. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control reports that approximately 3 million sports and recreational concussion occur every year.
California state law AB 25 and Education Code § 49475 state:
  1. The law requires a student athlete who may have a concussion during a practice or game to be removed from the activity for the remainder of the day.
  2. Any athlete removed for this reason must receive a written note from a medical doctor trained in the management of concussion before returning to practice.
  3. Before an athlete can start the season and begin practice in a sport, a concussion information sheet must be signed and returned to the school by the athlete and parent or guardian.
Clear communication between players, parents, coaches, and trainers is critical to the health and well being of all of our athletes.
InSite Technology
Beginning with the 2015 football season, all football players in Riverside Unified School District will be wearing football helmets with Riddell InSite Impact Response System. This technology allows for "another set of eyes" to monitor players during practices and games.
For inquiries regarding sports medicine related issues contact Alicia Stephens, our Certified Athletic Trainer, at ext 63047 or


North Athletic

Emergency Action Plan                               


*AED (Located inside Health Office, Upper concessions near pool

the Gym, andTrainer’s office


In the case of LIFE THREATENING - call.


Dial 911


1) Identify yourself and stay on the phone with them until “they” say they have the information that is needed - only hang up the phone after the 911 operator does.


Be prepared to give them the following information

    Extent and description of the injury and what is being done

    Location of the person needing the care (JW North High School- 1550 3rd Street, Riverside, CA 92507)

    The best way to access that person and if a person will meet them (Location here - football field, gym, etc.)

    The phone number they can call you back on 951-788-7311 School Phone #

    Have the athlete’s “Emergency Information Form” ready when they arrive.

    Emergency equipment retrieval if needed.

    Contact parent/guardian as soon as possible


Direction of EMS to Scene

            Open Appropriate gates (3rd Street access driveway ) / doors

            Designate individual to “flag down” EMS & direct them to the scene


Designate an individual for “Scene Control”: Limit only appropriate people in the 1st aid area, all other bystanders should be asked to moved away

 These emergency procedures are applicable at the following locations at North High School: Baseball Fields, Football Stadium, Gymnasium, Wrestling Room, Outdoor Courts, Pool, Softball Fields, Soccer Fields, Tennis Courts, and Weight Room.


Golf, cross country, away events and any athlete leaving the school venue to work out will need specific EAP instructions to be established prior. Taking concerns of those athletes having predisposed illnesses i.e. Asthma, allergies, diabetes, sickle cell, etc. These athletes must be aware of how to access emergency care from where they are and to be aware of the predisposed illness and immediate care of the person/s they are running or golfing with.


Emergency Personnel: Athletic Trainer, 1st Responder, and Coaching Staffs. These individual are all certified in CPR & First Aid.

Phone Numbers for Athletic Trainer –  Alicia Stephens



Athletic Trainer’s / 1st Responders Coverage:

     Hours: M-F from approximately 2:00pm- 8:00PM

     Coverage for all home events. (Unless schedules conflict)

     Coverage for all Varsity Football Games. (Home and away)

     No Away Games are covered, except for Varsity Football and league finals we host.

     The Athletic Trainer/ 1st Responder is not available school holidays, or school summer sessions.


1.     Immediate care of the injured or ill student athlete.

2.     Check C A B (Circulation, Airway, Breathing), Severe Bleeding, and Levels of Consciousness.*AED (Located inside Athletic Training Room if applicable)

3.     Notify administration/athletic trainer via phone or radio.

4.     Begin CPR if needed and/or necessary first-aid care.

5.     If spine board, or an ambulance is necessary, send someone to call 911. If splinting is not possible, stabilize and comfort athlete until EMS (Emergency Medical System) arrives. 

NOTE: If cervical injury is suspected and the individual is breathing and/or conscious, stabilize and instruct victim to remain calm and motionless until (EMS) arrive.


     Administration & Athletic Training Staff must be notified of all emergencies within the athletic department.

     Administration & Student Health Services must be notified for any NON-ATHLETIC injuries or illnesses or medical emergencies occurring on campus.



In the event of an emergency after office hours, the following plan should be initiated:

     Call 911

     Notify Administration –Steve Bernard - Assistant Principal of Athletics-

     Head Athletic Trainer: Alicia Stephens - 

     Contact your head coach/staff and a family member if necessary.




1.    Gymnasium and Football Stadium, Tennis Courts, Pool,  and all other athletic fields.. Enter off the Linden Avenue Stadium..


2. Golf Plays their home matches and practices at Canyon Crest Country Club, located 975 Country Club Drive in Riverside.



Hot Days

     Make sure all athletes have adequate water available

     Coaches should ask their athletes if they have properly hydrated & eaten throughout the day

     Have an “Emergency Cooling Station” available that all coaches have access to and know how to use it. Go to



      In case of fire, follow these instructions:


1.      Evacuate building immediately by following nearest exit sign.

2.      Exit in a calm and orderly fashion through nearest fire exit.

3.      Call 911

4.      If smoke is present, crawl low to escape.

5.      If you cannot escape, stay in room, stuff door cracks and vents with wet towels or clothes.

6.      Call 911 and let dispatcher know your location.



In case of poisoning, follow these instructions:


1.      Check scene to make sure it is safe.

2.      Remove victim from source of Poison.

3.      Check for life threatening situation.

4.      If victim is conscious, ask questions to get more information.

5.      Look for poison container and take it with you to telephone.

6.      Call Poison Control Center or 911.

7.      Give care according to directions of PCC or 911.

8.      Find out what type of poison did the victim ingest.

9.      How much poison did victim ingest?

10.  When did the poisoning take place?