UPMC Sports Medicine is the proud provider of Athletic Training Services for Oakland Catholic High School.
Athletic forms for participating athletes can be accessed via the link below and returned to the Athletic Department. These forms should be reviewed by a parent/guardian and completed no earlier than June 1st, 2018.
- Athletic Training Services
- Orthopedic Injuries
- Referral Process
- Sports Physical Procedures
- Protocol for Concussion Management
UPMC provides a certified Athletic Trainer, Katie Phillips, to aide in the prevention, recognition, evaluation, and treatment of athletic injuries. The Athletic Trainer is also responsible for on-site first-aid and emergency management at games and practices for at risk sports at Oakland Catholic.
If your student-athlete is injured or has an illness, encourage them to be seen by the Athletic Trainer for further evaluation. Upon evaluation of the student athlete, the Athletic Trainer may:
- Provide the athlete with exercises to be performed at home
- Offer rehabilitation in the athletic training room
- Suggest a taping or bracing technique to assist the athlete
- Recommend limited or no practice
- Refer to a physician for further evaluation
No matter what the plan may be, the athlete should be encouraged to follow up with the Athletic Trainer as necessary.
Once an athlete has been seen by a physician for any injury, she must follow-up with an appropriate medical professional until cleared to return to sports participation. Clearances must be in writing and if she is playing or planning to play a Winter or Spring sport, clearance must also be made on the "Physician Re-certification" form. Once an athlete is cleared to return to participation by a physician, she may be required to complete additional testing by the athletic trainer prior to full release to athletic participation.
As part of the relationship Oakland Catholic shares with UPMC Sports Medicine, student-athletes that need to be seen by a physician can have their appointments expedited by the athletic trainer. The athletic trainer's relationship with the Sports Medicine physicians allows open lines of communication to better serve the student-athletes. Once the athlete is seen by one of the physicians, the physician can easily share the plan of care with the athletic trainer to ensure swift and proper care.
No student will be allowed to participate in ANY athletic activity until a completed sports physical is on file with the Athletic Trainer at Oakland Catholic in accordance with PIAA rules and regulations. EVERY page of the "Physical Form" must be completed and turned in as a COMPLETE PACKET, no other forms will be accepted.
Please make a copy for your records prior to handing in any paperwork. Please DO NOT give coaches the physical forms.
Fall Sports Season athletes must have a "Physical Form" turned into the Main Office by Monday, August 7th, 2017 in order to participate in the fall sports season.
Winter Sports Season athletes must complete and turn in the "Physical Form" along with "Parent Re-certification" to the Main Office prior to Monday, November 13, 2017. The re-certification forms cannot be completed prior to Monday, October 2, 2017.
Spring Sports Season athletes must complete and turn in the "Physical Form" along with "Parent Re-certification" to the Main Office prior to Monday, February 26, 2018. The re-certification forms cannot be completed prior to Monday, January 29, 2018. Athletes who have already submitted the Physical Form need only complete the Parent Re-certification and if necessary the Physician Re-certification.
Once a student has been removed from the competition or practices because of signs or symptoms of a concussion, the following Concussion Management Protocol must be followed:
- Emergency medical treatment should be pursued if there is a deterioration of symptoms including seizure, altered level of consciousness, vomiting, altered pupillary finding, or direct neck pain associated with the injury.
- All appropriate school officials should be notified of the event, including the Athletic Trainer, Athletic Directors, Building Administrators, School Nurse, Guidance Counselors and Faculty. It will be the responsibility of Administration to notify faculty members, school counselors, and school nurse.
- Coaches or School officials must make contact with the student athlete’s parent(s)/guardian(s) and inform him/her of the suspected sports-related concussion or head injury.
- Coaches or School officials shall provide the student athlete and her parent(s)/guardian(s) with information on the continuing care of a person with a concussion. This material is available through the Pennsylvania Department of Health or Education, or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov).
- When appropriate, a referral should be made to the regional BrainSTEPS Team by the Athletic Trainer. This team will consult with the school teams and families in the development and delivery of educational services for the student who has suffered a concussion.
- The student athlete must be evaluated by an appropriate medical professional who has been trained in the evaluation and management of concussions.
- The student athlete must receive written clearance from an appropriate medical professional, trained in the evaluation and management of concussions that states the student athlete is asymptomatic at rest and may begin a carefully controlled return-to-play protocol.
- Complete physical, cognitive, emotional, and social rest may be advised while the student athlete is experiencing symptoms and signs of a concussion/traumatic brain injury that may include but is not limited to minimizing mental exertion, limiting overstimulation, limiting cell phone or computer usage, reducing/altering testing, limiting video gaming, controlling multi-tasking etc.
- Return to Classroom: Temporary learning support accommodations may be needed for student athletes with Sports-Related Head Injuries to return to the classroom.
- Return to Play: After written medical clearance is given by an appropriate medical professional and conveyed to the Athletic Directors and School Administration, the student athlete may begin a graduated and individualized return-to-play protocol supervised by an athletic trainer or Licensed Physical Therapist. If concussion symptoms recur during the graduated return-to-play protocol, the student athlete will return, at a minimum, to the previous level of activity that caused no symptoms, and the attending physician should be notified. In this situation, a new written medical clearance will be required.
- Rest is the “best medicine” for healing concussions or other head injuries. The concussed brain is affected in many functional aspects as a result of the injury. Memory, attention span, concentration and speed of processing significantly impact learning. Further, exposing the concussed student athlete to the stimulating school environment can/may exacerbate symptoms and delay the resolution of symptoms needed for recovery. Accordingly, consideration of the cognitive effects in returning to the classroom is also an important part of the treatment of sports-related concussions and head injuries. Students who return to school after a concussion may need to:
- Take rest breaks as needed.
- Spend fewer hours at school. (Potential have a shortened day at school.)
- Be given more time to take tests or complete assignments. (All courses should be considered.)
- Receive help with schoolwork. (Pre-teaching, outlines, notes provided, etc.)
- Reduce time spent on the computer, reading, or writing.
- Be granted early dismissal from each class to avoid crowded hallways.
- No standardized testing (PSSA, SAT, etc.) during the initial recovery window of 2-4 weeks.