Frequently Asked Questions:
My son/daughter was evaluated by a physician for an injury. Does he/she need anything to return to his/her sports?
Yes. When an athlete seeks treatment from a physician in regards to an injury or medical condition, whether referred by one of the athletic trainers or not, a note is required from the physician clearing the athlete to return to athletics. This note, which may dictate restricted or non-restricted play, must be submitted to the athletic training office. With this note, the athletic trainers are able to re-evaluate the athlete and return them to their sport. The athletic trainers will then work with the athlete and coach to determine the most appropriate practice and game plan to ensure there is minimal chance for re-injury.
Is there a comprehensive plan in place for emergencies that may occur at athletic events at Conard High School?
Conard High School has an emergency action plan that specifies how our coaches, athletes, and staff respond to emergencies, medical and non-medical, while at contests and practices held at Conard High School and off campus venues (i.e. aquatic center and hockey rink). The plan is separated by venues and is issued and reviewed at each preseason coaches meeting.
Does Conard High School have any policies in regards to the safety of its student athletes during periods of unfavorable environmental conditions?
Yes. Conard High School has specific policies which address environmental conditions such as high heat/humid conditions and also lightning storms. The policies typically include modifications to practice and sometime game play. The decisions on these modifications are in collaboration between the athletic training department and athletic director and are made based on the daily environmental conditions.
My son/daughter stated they had to take the ImPACT test today. What is the ImPACT test and how is it utilized at Conard High School?
The ImPACT, Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing, is a computerized program which provides a cognitive evaluation of the athlete. It is used in the management of head injuries and concussion. At Conard High School, this process includes a baseline test to each freshman athlete who participates in a collision/contact sport. These sports include: Football, Boys’ Soccer, Girls’ Soccer, Field Hockey, Girls’ Volleyball, Cheerleading, Girls’ Diving, Boys’ Basketball, Girls’ Basketball, Wrestling, Hockey, Boys’ Diving, Indoor Pole Vaulters, Baseball, Softball, Boys’ Lacrosse, Girls’ Lacrosse, Boys’ Volleyball, and Outdoor Pole Vaulters.
Any athlete who sustains a head injury during participation in a sport will be required to take a post-injury ImPACT test. The athlete then must achieve results within the results achieved on the preseason baseline test or within normal limits determined by the test should there be no baseline test, demonstrating that there are no cognitive deficits related to the injury.
The results of the ImPACT test do not determine whether or not an athlete may return to his/her sport. It is used as part of the athlete’s care in recovering from a head injury.
For more information on the ImPACT test, visit www.Impacttest.com. For more information in regards to the testing at Conard High School, contact one of the athletic trainers.
I need to get in contact with one of the athletic trainers in regard to my son/daughter’s injury. How can I best reach them?
Ms. Martinelli is available primarily after school until the last contest has concluded. A message can be left on the athletic training room office voicemail, 860-231-5000 ext. 6145. Ms. Martinelli will get back to you as soon as she can. Should you need to contact the athletic trainer outside of this time, their email address information can be found on the main page of the athletic training department webpage.