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DC Public Charter School Athletic Association powered by SportsMarkit. Sports Medicine page- Athletic Trainers, Concussions Protocol, Thunder and Lightning Protocol. Also information about: Health and Safety, Heat and Hydration, Asthma and Anaphylaxis, Sickle Cell Anemia. SPORTS MEDICINE RESOURCES includes- Asthma, Anaphylaxis, American Medical Association, Appropriate Medical Care For Secondary School-Age Athletes, Official Statement on Athletic Trainers in High Schools, Athletic Trainers – not “Trainers”, Secondary School Official Statement, NATA Official Statement on Providing Quality Health Care and Safeguards to Athletes of All Ages and Levels of Participation.
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Sports Medicine


The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) is confident the best way to protect the public is to allow only Board of Certification certified athletic trainers and state licensed athletic trainers to practice as athletic trainers. The NATA is not alone in these beliefs. The American Medical Association has stated that certified athletic trainers should be used as part of a high school’s medical team. The American Academy of Family Physicians agrees and states on its web site, “The AAFP encourages high schools to have, whenever possible, a BOC certified or registered/licensed athletic trainer as an integral part of the high school athletic program.”

In states with athletic training regulation, allowing other individuals to continue practicing as athletic trainers without a valid state license or BOC certification places the public at risk. Athletic trainers have unique education and skills that allow them to properly assess and treat acute and traumatic injuries in high school athletics. In coordination with the team physician, they routinely make decisions regarding the return-to-play status of student athletes. Other allied health professionals are not qualified to perform these tasks. Finally, most situations encountered by athletic trainers should not be left to a coach or layperson who does not have the necessary education and medical and emergency care training.


A concussion is a brain injury which results in a temporary disruption of normal brain function. A concussion occurs when the brain is violently rocked back and forth or twisted inside the skull, typically from a blow to the head or body. An athlete does not need to lose consciousness (be “knocked-out”) to suffer a concussion, and in fact, less than ten percent of concussed athletes suffer loss of consciousness.


The presence of thunder and/or lightning necessitates that all outdoor activities be suspended immediately. The occurrence of either thunder or lightning is not subject to interpretation or discussion. If thunder and/or lightning is heard and/or observed all outdoor activities will be suspended immediately. Players and spectators shall be directed to a safe location.