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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.

North Athletic

Emergency Action Plan 


                             

 

*AED Locations (Health Office, Pool Deck, Gym and Athletic Trainer’s office RM 401 or with Athletic Trainer of game days)*

 

Athletic Trainer’s Contact Information:

 

First Responder’s Responsibility:

  • After scene has been deemed safe, proceed to provide immediate care for injured or ill athlete.
  • Dial 911 immediately for any medical emergency and locate ATC/administration for assistance.
  • Check for patient’s responsiveness, pulse and breathing. *Know where AED is located*
  • In cases of severe bleeding, use universal precautions and apply pressure with sterile equipment to control bleeding.
  • Suspected cervical injuries, stabilize the neck and keep athlete calm until EMS arrives.
  • Administration and Athletic Training Staff must be notified for all Emergencies within athletic department.

 

Coverage Roles

Athletic Trainer’s / 1st Responders Coverage:

Hours: M-F from approximately 2:00pm- 6:00PM

  • 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 CIF Playoff games without any home game conflictions.
  • The Athletic Trainer/ 1st Responder are not available school holidays, or school summer

sessions.

 

EMS Direction & Access Routes

Access to Baseball/Softball Field:

  • Emergency Services will enter through side gate. Baseball field access will come Chicago Ave in between Linden and 3rd St.
  • For softball, access will be through gate located at the corner of Linden and Chicago Ave.
  • Patient’s emergency contact information will be prepared and ready to be transferred to emergency personnel.
  • Coaches are to assist ATC with player/crowd control in an emergency situation

Access to Stadium:

  • Emergency Services enter through the front part of the school on 3rd St and proceed through gate entrance.
  • Corresponding personal will guide emergency services to stadium and open gates to have open access to stadium.
  • Patient’s emergency contact information will be prepared and ready to be transferred to emergency personnel.
  • Coaches are to assist ATC with player/crowd control in an emergency situation

Access to Gym:

  • Emergency Services enter through the back part of the school on Linden St and proceed through gate entrance.
  • Corresponding personal will guide emergency services to patient who needs medical attention.
  • Patient’s emergency contact information will be prepared and ready to be transferred to emergency personnel.
  • Coaches are to assist ATC with player/crowd control in an emergency situation

 

Heat Index:

  • On hot days the heat index will be referred to to determine the necessary water breaks throughout the duration of practices.
  • Work to rest ratio will change depending on the heat category of the day.
  • An athlete who begins to show signs of heat exhaustion will be removed from activity immediately and will not be allowed to return for the day.
  • An athlete who suffered a possible heat stroke will be immediately submerged into cold water to begin cooling down the body temperature. EMS will be activated and parents will be contacted immediately.

 

Thunder/Lighting:

  • Games will be able to be continued if lighting is present and still outside of the 8 mile radius.
  • Once lighting reaches 8 miles, participation will be stopped for at least 30 minutes from last thunder sound before returning to activity.
  • WhetherBug App will be used to provide live updates of storms and direction they are moving in.
  • Athletes will be moved into boys/girls locker room during duration of the break.
  • Fans will be asked to leave outdoor event and seek shelter.

 

EAP Handouts:

  • Seizures
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Asthma Attacks
  • Wound Control
  • Concussion