Health and Wellness for Athletes
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill in September 2011 that requires students who may have suffered a concussion in a school sport or gym class to be sidelined for at least 24 hours.
The concussion legislation, which took effect July 1, 2012, seeks to end the practice of having children “play through” their injuries and to raise awareness about the potential harmful effects of head trauma.
Concussion symptoms can include memory problems, difficulty concentrating, headaches, dizziness and vomiting. The legislation will prevent students from returning to play until they have been without symptoms for at least one day and have been cleared by a physician. It also requires education and training for coaches, teachers and other school personnel on the symptoms and treatment of mild traumatic brain injuries.
The legislation required the state Education and Health departments to develop guidelines for recognizing and monitoring concussions, and protocols for removing students from play and clearing them to return. NYSED’s Guidelines for Concussion Management in the School Setting is available to download. The NYS Health Department has created a Sports-Related Concussion page with more information.
For more information on concussions, visit:
- New York Athletic Trainers’ Association Concussion Management Page
- Injury Prevention & Control: Traumatic Brain Injury @ the Center for Disease Control
- It’s a brain injury, take it seriously
- Sports Concussion Institute
Staph Infection Information
Over the years, there has been some media coverage of staph infections, including a strain of staph infection known as MRSA. This particular bacteria (staphylococcus aureus) is resistant to many antibiotics. Although there have been no reported cases of MRSA in our school district, we are taking a measured approach toward reducing the possibility of transmission of any infection. C-RCS is undertaking the following precautions:
- Students and staff are being reminded that hand-washing and good personal hygiene are the best ways to avoid infection;
- Student-athletes are being directed to clean their sports equipment and refrain from sharing clothing, equipment or other personal items;
- The district is making a concentrated effort to disinfect the buildings, with a special emphasis on locker rooms, showers, bathrooms and gymnasiums;
- School nurses are knowledgeable as to the symptoms of MRSA and will contact parents if any suspicious infections come to their attention;
- Food service staff continues to practice sanitation measures.
Additional information about MRSA:
- MRSA Fact Sheet
- Brochure for Athletes (PDF Document)
- Centers for Disease Control
- New York Statewide School Health Services Center
C-RCS encourages parents to learn more about MRSA and to work closely with their children to ensure proper hygiene, as well as cleaning and covering any wounds to the skin. Parents should remind children not to share such personal items as water bottles, towels, razors or sports equipment.