A Note from the Trainer:
"The Licensed Athletic Trainer is a highly educated and skilled professional specializing in the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries. In cooperation with physicians and other allied health personnel, the LAT functions as an integral member of the athletic healthcare team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports programs, industrial settings and other healthcare environments."
The Athletic Trainer's responsibilities include, but are not limited, to:
- Prevention of athletic injuries
- Recognition, evaluation and immediate care of athletic injuries
- Rehabilitation and reconditioning of athletic injuries
- Health care administration
- Professional development
Note: The Athletic Training Dept. CANNOT hand out medications
Below are some general points of emphasis you (the parent and student-athlete) should be aware of heading into your sport season of choice. If you have any questions or need any clarification, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the WYASD Athletic Training Dept.
All athletes with inhalers for asthma must have their inhaler with them at all practices and games. The inhaler must be labeled with their name. Inhalers may be kept in the team medical kit.
Please encourage athletes to come to the athletic training room if they are injured. The sooner the athlete can get care the sooner we can get them back to full participation. If an athlete chooses to see a doctor for any injury/illness, we cannot allow the athlete to participate until we receive a written physician’s note stating their level of play and restrictions, if any. The note must be signed by a Physician (MD or DO) not by a Physician Assistant (PA-C) or Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP). We cannot accept written notes or verbal confirmation from a parent or guardian. The Team Physician (Dr. Scott King, D.O.), has the final say on athletes’ ability to participate.
SAFE SPORTS SCHOOL AWARD
West York is a proud 1st team member of the Safe Sports School Award, a national honor! The Safe Sports School Award recognizes secondary schools around the country that take the crucial steps to keep their athletes free from injuries. In order to achieve Safe Sports School Status, Athletic Programs are required to adhere to the following:
- Create a positive athletic health care administrative system
- Provide or coordinate pre-participation physical examinations
- Promote safe and appropriate practice and competition facilities
- Plan for selection, fit function and proper maintenance of athletic equipment
- Provide a permanent, appropriately equipped area to evaluate and treat injured athletes
- Develop injury and illness prevention strategies, including protocols for environmental conditions
- Provide or facilitate injury intervention
- Create and rehearse venue-specific Emergency Action Plan
- Provide or facilitate psycho-social consultation and nutritional counseling/education.
- Be sure athletes and parents are educated of the potential benefits and risks in sports as well as their responsibilities