1. What is a Certified Athletic Trainer?
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.
Retrieved May 16, 2019, from NATA.
2. Injury Prevention
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
3. Concussion Management
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. 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.
4. Dominic Murray Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act
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.
5. What do I bring to the first tryout for a sports team?
All athletes are required to have the following items each day at practices and/or matches:
● Appropriate footwear (i.e: Turf shoes, soccer cleats, running shoes, basketball sneakers, baseball/softball cleats)
● Any necessary Sporting Equipment (ie: Goalie gloves, Shin Guards, Baseball Bat, Glove, Facemask, etc.)
● Personal Water bottle
● Proper uniform, when participating in interscholastic games/events the student-athlete must always have their UNIS provided uniform
● Proper Attire, some UNIS practices may occur outdoors and it is up to the student to exercise proper judgment on appropriate weather related attire. (i.e: cold weather clothes such as underarmour, sweatpants and sweatshirt during colder months).