SPORTS MEDICINE INFORMATION FOR OUR MEMBER SCHOOLS & STUDENT-ATHLETES

   

Sports Safety for Interscholastic Athletics

The Sports Medicine team promotes injury prevention and sport safety through education and focuses on decreasing the number and/or severity of injuries by developing guidelines and teaching sports safety and by collecting, analyzing and researching injury data. These goals are carried out by the Nevada State Licensed Athletic Trainers who work in our schools, the Nevada Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association.

Thanks to all of our Nevada State Licensed Athletic Trainers who offer their expertise and knowledge, helping our students maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Many NIAA member schools either employ or have access to a Nevada State Licensed Athletic Trainer (ATC). These individuals are professionally trained healthcare professionals who specialize in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries that result from physical activity. They work in cooperation with other healthcare professionals, athletic administrators / directors, coaches and parents. One can find them on the sidelines, applying ice, a brace or a tape job to any or our over 30,000 high school athletes in Nevada. Not only do athletic trainers provide first aid and immediate care for our injured athletes, they also design and supervise proper warm-up routines, hydration education and rehabilitation programs.

 

List of Nevada High School Athletic Trainers 

Nevada Sports Medicine Advisory Committee Mission and Goals Statement –coming soon

Nevada Sports Medicine Advisory Committee Members-coming soon

 

Concussion

Nevada state statute requires that, "The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association shall adopt a policy concerning the prevention and treatment of injuries to the head which may occur during a pupil's participation in interscholastic activities and events, including, without limitation, a concussion of the brain. The policy must provide information concerning the nature and risk of injuries to the head which may occur during a pupil's participation in interscholastic activities and events, including, without limitation, the risks associated with continuing to participate in the activity or event after sustaining such an injury." (NRS 385B.080)

The NIAA has adopted the "Suggested Guidelines for Management of Concussion in Sports" statement of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) as minimum standards regarding the prevention and treatment of injuries to the head. In addition to this policy, the NIAA requires that all coaches successfully complete the NFHS course "Concussion in Sport" prior to coaching. The NIAA has also helped to negotiate the creation of a program in which all students are tested prior to participation in NIAA sports to establish a baseline in cognitive function to which the student can be compared to aid in diagnosis and treatment of a brain injury. Districts and schools are strongly encouraged to participate in this or equivalent programs of baseline testing. These three components, the NFHS Guidelines for Management of Concussion, the requirement for coaches to successfully complete the NFHS concussion course, and the strong encouragement to schools to provide baseline testing, comprise the NIAA concussion policy.

You can see the full NFHS Guidelines here: Suggested Guidelines for Management of Concussion in Sports

 

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