The physical, social and emotional well being of all athletes at UNIS is of the highest priority. There are a number of policies, procedures, and practices in place to ensure the well-being of all UNIS athletes. These are constantly being reviewed and updated based on current research and best practice recommendations.
UNIS continues to work closely with the NYU Langone Medical Center Concussion Center to develop best practice policies and procedures in dealing with the management of student athlete concussions. All coaches must take part in professional development programs, which will teach them to understand:
Definition, signs and symptoms of concussion.
Concussion concerns, complications and at-risk populations.
Details of the New York State Concussion Management and Awareness Act.
On-field concussion assessment and carry over to classroom and play
Return to Play and Return to Learn Guidelines.
Team composition and the role of the Team in safely assessing and managing the athlete/student who has sustained a concussion.
All coaches must take part in professional development programs, which will prepare individuals to provide care for breathing emergencies and perform CPR for victims (age 8 and up) of sudden cardiac arrest. Coaches will also learn when and how to use the emergency medical service (EMS). The first aid course covers both adult and pediatric emergencies. Topics include broken bones, bleeding, burns, diabetes, seizures, asthma attacks, nose-bleeds and heart attacks. The course will also cover the skills needed to assist a patient with an EPI-Pen Auto Injector and asthma inhaler.
UNIS continues to work closely with All Season Sports Orthopedics and Sports Physical Therapy and aims to provide fully qualifies trainers for all UNIS home games. If an athlete sustains a significant injury during a game the therapist and coach will inform the parent/care giver immediately.
It is expected that all UNIS athletes provide their own water bottles at all training and games. This policy is based on current research that strongly suggests that the sharing of water bottles between athletes significantly increase the risk of Influenza (flu), colds and other respiratory illness, mononucleosis (mono) and meningitis (infection involving the brain and spinal cord). Germs can be spread from saliva when a person with an infection shares a water bottle with another person.
It is extremely important that all athletes do bring their own water bottles and stay hydrated. Hydration is key to good health and physical activity. Not drinking enough fluids throughout the day can lead to dehydration and decreased performance in activity or sport.
Sport is an invaluable and authentic platform to help teenagers learn more about social and emotional learning. Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the development of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, responsible decision-making, and relationship management. In the context of competitive sports, feelings and emotions that result from achieving a personal best in an event or game, receiving a compliment from a coach or teammate after a meet or game, winning a race or a playoff can make sports extremely enjoyable and motivate teenage athletes to participate regularly. A key challenge in this setting is that young athletes may lack social and emotional competencies that can lead to them becoming less connected with their peers, coach or parents. Negative feelings and emotions that result from being made fun of or teased, failing to achieve a personal best time on the track, living up to the expectations of others, being disqualified in a race or fouled out in a game, or just being isolated from participating in a team activity, can ultimately reduce the desire to participate or continue training and compete, increase anxiety and affect relationships and general well-being.
It is imperative that coaches, parents, teachers and family and friends continue to support the social and emotional needs all UNIS athletes.
Athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an allied health care profession.
At UNIS our coaches and athletic trainer are implementing the latest in scientifically researched injury prevention techniques. We place a great emphasis on preventative care for our student–athletes. Here at UNIS we utilize the Fifa 11+ dynamic warm-up. The “11+” is an injury prevention programme that was developed by an international group of experts based on their practical experience with different injury prevention programmes for amateur players aged 14 or older. It is a complete warm-up package and should replace the usual warm-up prior to training. With implementation of the active warm-up we hope to decrease overall injuries.
Dvorak, J. The 11+ Manuel. FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Centre (F-MARC). 5
Concussion Management Protocol For Return To Play:
Student-athletes must be fully integrated into school before full participation in physical activity/athletics. All students/student athletes will be managed on an individual basis as approved by the treating physician. The decision to return a student/ student-athlete athlete back to participation is based on all of the following:
● Clearance by treating physician
● Clearance by School Nurse/Athletic Trainer student-athlete is asymptomatic at rest and with exertion
● Parent/legal guardian approval
Student/student athlete must complete functional return to play protocol before returning to full participation in athletics.
The Dominic Murray Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act, Chapter 500 of the Laws of 2021, and Commissioner’s regulation §136.9 are effective July 1, 2022. The Act was written to ensure that schools, students, and parents are provided with critical, lifesaving information on sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) risks, signs and symptoms, to ensure students at risk are evaluated prior to participation in athletics, and that SCA is immediately recognized and treated to prevent death.