Physician Referral and Emergency Room Policy
We understand injuries are going to happen, and you have many options on how to get your son or daughter properly evaluated and treated. We encourage when possible to have the student athlete evaluated by the athletic trainer to determine the best course of action needed. If a specialist referral is recommended the athletic trainer will be in contact with the family to discuss possible options. We have several groups and doctors that we are networked with and can facilitate and expedite appointments. You are under no obligation to use our physicians; however there are benefits in doing so. You may be able to have a quicker appointment and the communication regarding your son or daughter’s care is already in place with networked physicians. If you see your personal or specialty physician, written documentation must be returned to the athletic trainer with diagnosis, treatment plan, and any recommended restrictions and timeline for return to play.
Your son or daughter will not be able to participate in athletic team practices or games if they have seen a physician without submitting the proper written documentation.
Emergency Room Visits – If your son or daughter goes to the ER for an injury we must receive written release or recommendations prior to returning to athletic participation.
Concussion Management Policy
St. Mary’s High School and the medical team, coaches, teachers and administrator take all concussions seriously and our primary goal is for a quick and safe recovery for your child. Academics will come first, and hopefully a return to athletic involvement. If you or your son or daughter believes a concussion is suspected please contact the athletic trainer as soon as possible to develop the best management care plan. We participate with the nationally recognized ImPACT testing. All of our collision and contact sport athletes will have a baseline assessment their freshman and junior years. Transfers will be tested their first year at St. Mary’s, and then follow the two year model above.
Post Concussion Academic Care Plan
If a concussion is suspected, please contact athletic trainer and school personnel. If possible, we strongly recommend complete cognitive rest for the initial 24-48 hours after the injury. This will require your son or daughter to remain home from school while symptomatic. As tolerable he or she may return, with a note from pediatrician, or concussion clinic explaining absence. An ACE Care Plan should be completed by the treating physician and submitted to the school for each follow up visit until your son or daughter is cleared to return to academics without restrictions.
Additional information regarding concussions can be found in the concussion documents and links on the right side of this page.