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Supporting our Athletes
Athletic Training - Sports Medicine
The following procedures are to be carried out by an appropriately trained certified athletic trainer (LAT-ATC) in the event of injury or illness to a student-athlete. In the event that a LAT-ATC is not available on-site at a specific practice or event, the head coach and/or designee shall perform the duties listed below.

List of 3 items.

  • Contests and practices hosted at the Greensboro Day School or "HOME" sites:

    MEDICAL EMERGENCIES (breathing cessation, severe bleeding, concussion with loss of consciousness, suspected neck or spinal injury, fracture, dislocation, eye or face injury, heat related illness, any other injury or illness resulting in poor vital signs such as decreased blood pressure, weak pulse, or signs of shock) 

    a. Follow the Emergency Action Principles (first aid principles) and provide appropriate care. 
    b. Activate the emergency medical system (EMS) by calling 911. Provide EMS with the following information: 
    Identify yourself and your role in the emergency 
    Specify your location and telephone number (if calling by phone) 
    Give name(s) of injured/ill athlete(s) 
    Give condition of injured/ill athlete(s) 
    Give time of accident 
    Give care being provided 
    Give specific directions to the scene of the emergency 
    Do not hang up until directed to do so by the EMS dispatcher
    c. Monitor vital signs. 
    d. Calm and reassure the athlete. 
    e. Notify a LAT-ATC as soon as possible. 
    f. Complete an Injury/Illness Report and Medical Referral Form. g. Provide follow-up care as necessary.

    NON-EMERGENCIES (sprains, strains, concussion [with no loss of consciousness], illness, abrasions, minor cuts, contusions, etc.). 

    a. Provide appropriate first aid care. 
    b. Notify the LAT-ATC. 
    c. If unable to contact a LAT-ATC and/or unsure of the severity of the injury, send the athlete to the appropriate medical care facility. 
    d. Complete an Injury/Illness Report and Medical Referral Form as necessary. 
    e. Provide follow-up care as necessary.

    In the event an athlete is ill or injured and is transported to a hospital/emergency facility while participating in a school sponsored event off campus, the following guidelines should be followed: 

    a. Notify the GDS Athletic Department of the athlete's name, a brief description of the injury/illness, and the name and telephone number of the hospital/emergency facility where the athlete has been transported. 
    b. The GDS Athletic Department will receive all phone calls from parents or guardians and refer them to the hospital/emergency facility as appropriate. 
    c. It is the responsibility of the hospital/emergency facility to notify the athlete's parents or guardians with the latest and most accurate information concerning his/her condition.

    When a team/program practices or hosts contests AT "HOME" SITES which are LOCATED OFF-CAMPUS, the same guidelines as outlined above should be followed. It is imperative that the LAT-ATC, or in the absence of the LAT-ATC, the head coach locate the nearest accessible telephone on-site prior to beginning the practice or contest. In the event of a medical emergency, dial 911 (or appropriate emergency telephone number) to summon EMS personnel and follow Section A1 Medical Emergency guidelines above. If injury appears to be non-emergent, make arrangements to have the athlete transported back to the GDS athletic training room for further assessment and treatment as soon as possible, but provide necessary first aid immediately on-site.
  • For contests and practice occurring AWAY FROM the Greensboro Day School:

    a. Follow the Emergency Action Principles (first aid principles) and provide appropriate care. 
    b. Ask for the host LAT-ATC and follow the host institution's emergency action plan. 
    c. If athlete must be transported to an emergency facility, find out what facility they will be going to and then make arrangements with the GDS head coach to ensure pick up of the athlete after the contest ends. 
    d. Do not travel via EMS transport to the emergency facility with the athlete. Staying with the rest of the team is the priority. In the event that more than one coach is available, or an assistant coach or designee, it is permissible to accompany the injured/ill athlete to the emergency facility if requested by the athlete or head coach. 
    e. Notify a LAT-ATC at GDS as soon as possible. 
    f. Complete an Injury/Illness Report and Medical Referral Form as necessary.

    NON-EMERGENCIES (able to return to GDS without immediate medical care) 
    a. Provide appropriate first aid care. 
    b. Return to GDS and follow non-emergency management protocols established for home events. 
    c. Notify a LAT-ATC at GDS upon returning.
    d. Complete an Injury/Illness Report.


    In the event of hospitalization or surgery, hospital personnel or a GDS LAT-ATC would notify the athletes' parent(s) or guardian(s) as necessary and appropriate. Medical confidentiality will and must be maintained in all cases.

    Athletes should not report to the GDS Nurse without first attempting to consult the assigned LAT-ATC.

    Athletes who have been referred to other health care providers will not be allowed to return to participation until the attending health care provider has given appropriate clearance and the GDS LAT-ATC have appropriate documentation on file.
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