Office: (760) 331-6704
SAGE CREEK ATHLETIC TRAINING
Welcome to the SCHS Athletic Training home page, where you will be able to find information regarding Athletic Training Services, in addition to links to resources and tools to assist you and your student athlete.
The Mission of the Athletic Trainer is to provide your student athlete with injury evaluation, treatment, rehabilitation, and friendly, efficient care. In addition to treatment of athletic injuries, the Athletic Trainer specializes in on-field emergency care, and concussion recognition and referral. While taking a full class load, sustaining an injury during competition can be overwhelming for a High School Student. That is where the Athletic Trainer can help; providing support with injuries, referral processes, and clearance for a safe full return to play. When your athlete sustains an injury, it is important that we all collaborate together in order to achieve the best results. As the High School grows, I continue to strive to give each student-athlete the one-on-one attention they need. So Welcome to Sage Creek, and I'll see you at the game!
EMERGENCY ACTION PLAN
Emergency action plan is the preemptive initiative for catastrophic situations and injuries on the athletic field. The best plans involve the city's EMT services, the athletic trainer, administration, coaches, and other vital support staff on campus. Sage Creek High School's plan is designed to bring in medical support quickly and efficiently on to the campus. Of course not all emergency plans are the same; plans change school to school based on the geographical layout of the school, proximity of EMT services to the school, and staff available to assist in emergencies.
At Sage Creek there are two primary access point for EMT vehicles. There is the entrance to the athletic mall adjacent to the stadium field, and the entrance to the visitors side of the stadium field. All emergencies outside of the stadium field will be accessed through the athletic mall gate on the west end of campus. All emergencies on the stadium field will accessed through the visitors parking lot and visitors side gates.
At Sage Creek High School we are most concerned with the safety of the student athletes. Making sure there is an efficient plan in place for emergencies is a high priority.
APPROVED HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS
-Dr. Michael Skyhar, MD
-Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Chiropractic Life Ctr
- Dr. John Paul Condon, DC
- Dr. Laura Condon, DC
CONCUSSIONS: WHAT ARE THEY AND HOW DO WE HANDLE THEM...
We've all heard the term concussion thrown about here and there for the last several years, what with the NFL concussion scandal rearing it's ugly head, and not to mention the block buster hit 'Concussion' starring Will Smith. Though there may be a national spot light on this phenomenon, there are still many out there who don't truly understand what exactly a concussion is. So let me take a moment and sum up the basics and the pathology of this often times misunderstood, but always serious, injury.
Most of us who have competed in athletics have experienced getting our "bell rung." It is more often than not the case of a concussion after getting your "bell rung." More specifically a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Any time there is direct contact to the head, protective gear or not, there is a high probability that the brain is "sloshed" around inside your skull. This results is a mild contusion directly on the brain. Sustaining a contusion on the brain can impair basic physical functions, cognition and emotion. TBI's can occur during a variety of incidents; an object hitting the head and face area, falling or making contact with a fixed object, or in high velocity car crashes when there is no contact at all. Whatever the case, the presence of a TBI must be treated carefully and seriously.
When suspected, removal from competition is priority number one. In the event of sustaining a second hit in a short period of time can lead to dire consequences. Upon the second hit to the head or face area, there is immediate swelling and deep bleeding that occurs inside the skull. This event is known as second impact syndrome. Second impact syndrome, when it occurs, can lead to complications, hospitalizations, and even death. There are astounding statistics showing adolescent athlete deaths from sustaining multiple head injuries. I'm going to say it again, when a TBI is suspected, removal from competition is priority number one.
When suspecting a concussion, the athlete must be referred to an Allied Health Care Professional. Who does this include? A Medical Doctor, or Doctor of Osteopathy. This does not include your EMT neighbor next door, the local firemen, or the chiropractor you've seen a hand full of times. Your Orthopedic Surgeon, or Primary Practitioner are prime examples. The doctor will prescribe a timeline for the athlete to return; typically 5-7 days. So this must be the time athletes can return to competition, right? Wrong. All athlete's at this time are subject to another follow-up evaluation by the ATC. Signs and symptoms of concussions are not all subject to the same amount of time. Very often symptoms of a TBI can stick around for weeks. It is pertinent that the ATC evaluate the athlete's current state. Only when all symptoms have subsided, the athlete can begin a five day progression back into activity. Why five days? The progression of activity needs to be slow and progressive enough so that there is clear evidence the athlete can tolerate exercise without a recurrence in symptoms. Only after this approved graduated return to play protocol can the athlete return to competition without restriction.
With so many resources available to us, it can become very confusing as to how to act following a head injury. Here at Sage Creek the Sports Medicine team is going to take every precaution to ensure the health and safety of each athlete. Included on this site are the resources regarding head injuries directly from California Interscholastic Federation sports medicine and safety page. Please refer to these in the event of a concussion. Using these documents will make communication easier and place safety of your child above all else.