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Injuries, Accidents, Precautions

Stress to participants in your activity that they should report all injuries to a coach. Any student
receiving an injury during an event or practice should receive immediate care.

Parents should be notified if any injury has occurred. If transportation to the hospital is
necessary, the coach should accompany the athlete to the hospital unless the parents are in
attendance and assume that role. It is recommended that coaches contact athletes or parents
personally to check the status of all injuries. All head and neck injuries should be reported to
parents, regardless of severity. Document the contact with parent.

Use ‘911' when necessary. Don’t hesitate to call for emergency assistance. If there is doubt on
whether or not a player should re-enter a game, a trainer or physician should make the decision.
A player should not re-enter a game if he/she has sustained a head, neck, back injury or a serious nosebleed, unless they have written clearance by a Licensed Physician.

The Kansas Sports Head Injury Prevention Act (House Bill #2182, section 17) defines a health
care provider to be “a person licensed by the state board of healing arts to practice medicine and surgery.” The KSHSAA understands this means a Medical Doctor (MD) or a Doctor of
Osteopathic Medicine (DO).

CPR certification is recommended.

First Aid certification is recommended.

Use athletic trainers to provide guidance in care, prevention, and treatment of injuries.

Report any unsafe equipment or conditions to the Athletic Director and/or Principal.

Make sure that a fully stocked medical kit is at each practice and event.

Take copies of Emergency Medical Release Card with you to events.

Review physical forms and other health records of the student involved in your activity.


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