Athletic Risk Management & Informed Consent


The purpose of this video is to educate student
athletes and parents or guardians regarding the risk for injury in Jr. High and High School
athletics. Important information about clearance forms and procedures that must be completed
prior to participation in the sport will also be covered. While athletics are a great way
for a students to stay active and learn some essential life skills it’s also important
to understand, even with the best coaching, proper use of the most advanced protective
equipment and strict observance of rules injuries are still possible. These injuries can be
so severe as to result in total disability, paralysis, quadriplegia, permanent disability,
life threatening injury or even death. Successful completion of these clearance forms indicates
your understanding and acknowledgment of the inherent potential of injury when participating
in sports while recognizing the inherent risk of participating in athletics, Chandler Unified
is committed to providing the best possible experience for all of our student athletes.
The Chandler Unified School District has a tradition of athletic success, with a district
made up of more than 40,000 students, CUSD offers a wide range of athletic opportunities
for interscholastic competition to our Jr. High and High School students. You know going back in the past there was
only Chandler High School and so Chandler High School had, had a long and pretty illustrious
athletic past. Hamilton came on board and certainly the dynamic changed, two high schools
in a city that was growing very rapidly and shortly thereafter Basha High School came
and then ultimately Perry High School came as well as ACP. The district, the board, the
superintendency and the community really said, we want great programs in everything. Whether
it be the band, whether it be academics, and certainly athletics was part of that, so the
funding was there, the commitment was there from the community and so athletics really
took off and it’s a priority in this district because of the things it does for kids. It’s
learning outside the classroom, yet it enhances what goes on in the classroom. Before participating in athletics each year,
student athletes must complete several athletic eligibility clearence forms. The forms can
be found on the Chandler Unified School District athletics webpage or your schools athletic
webpage. There are two main sections of forms the first
section consists of the athletic participation requirements of the Arizona Interscholastic
Association or AIA. The second section consists of requirements implemented by the Chandler
Unified School District. The first part of the AIA section of forms is the annual preparticipation
physical evaluation which has two page on this form, students or parents or guardians
need to complete a self evaluation regarding the students health history. This document
assists doctors, trainers and other health officials in better treating student athletes
if a health related incident occurs. The second page of the annual preparticipation physical
evaluation is to be filled out by a healthcare professional during a physical evaluation.
A doctor of medicine, osteopathic physician or a certified registered nurse practitioner
must perform physical evaluations, the physical examination for the following school year
must be given on or after March 1st. Physical evaluation form must be signed by the examiner
confirming that, in the opinion of the examining provider, no medical reason has been found
that would prohibit the student from practice or competition in athletic contests. A student
may be required to be re-examined. In addition to the physical evaluation forms, both student
and parent or guardian must sign the mild traumatic brain injury and concussion annual
statment and aknoledgement form stating that they have read the specific educational materials
including the CDC concussion fact sheet. AIA also requires all students that plan to
participate in interscholastic athletic competition, complete the brainbook concussion awareness
course. The course is free of charge and can be found the AIA academy webpage at. Once successfully completed students must
print and submit the certificate of completion to the school’s athletic office. The brainbook
course only has to be successfully completed once during a students interscholastic experience. With a concussion, there’s many, many mechanisms.
A lot of people think you have to have head to head contact, which is the most common,
helmet to helmet, but you can have head to head, you can have an elbow in basketball
to the face, I have a lots of cheerleaders that get dropped or head to knee. So that’s
direct contact, but what a lot of people don’t realize is just getting hit in the body and
getting a rotation actually puts a little torsion on the brain and you can actually
be concussed or have a TPI traumatic brain injury, just from a rotational force. As soon
as we think they have a concussion, they’re out of the competition until we can evaluate
them and say, yes they’re concussed or no they’re not. We run them through 3 tests actually,
not one being more important than the other but we want to make sure we’re getting a thorough
evaluation of that concussion. If you do the right things you can prevent
dehydration and we will practice. Unfortunately we live in a desert, we play in a desert,
we work in a desert, it’s gonna be hot. Take 2 or 3 gallons you know milk jugs, clean them
out, fill them half full of water, put them in the freezer. Freeze them half solid of
ice and then fill them full of water, bring them to school. Just sip on that water throughout
the day. It’s not just water that you need to drink though, you need to drink Gatorade.
Why Gatorade? Sodium, if the sodium’s in there it grabs it pulls it into the body so that
you can sweat it out. As soon as you’re done with the game or practice, you need to start
rehydrating for the next day. If you’re an athlete and you’ve just moved
down here you’re gonna want to spend more time outside. When you’re not acclimated to
the hot, dry weather, it can cause serious health implications. CUSD wants to ensure that student athletes
and parents or guardians are well informed regarding the AIA bylaws and rules that pertain
to interscholastic competition. The complete constitution and bylaws can be found on the
AIA webpage at we encourage you to contact your respective
site administrator for bylaw interpretations. In addition to the forms required by the AIA
there are additional forms required by the Chandler Unified School District. The student
history must be fully completed, this is one way to ensure the eligibility of student athletes.
The athletic code of conduct reflects our belief that interscholastic athletics provides
an excellent platform to teach student athletes how to pursue victory with honor according
to six core principals known as the 6 pillars of character. The pillars are trustworthiness,
respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and good citizenship. Each pillar is fundamental
in the character development in our student athletes. Every high school in Arizona plays under the
same set of rules which were established by the Arizona Interscholastic Association, they
were the governing body of high school athletics in Arizona. One of their main tenants is sportsmanship,
victory with honor, getting the coaches, the kids, the parents to realize that without
each other we don’t have a game and it’s not our enemy it is another school that is going
to bring out the best in us from a competitive side, from a sportsmanship side, certainly
in Chandler Unified School District we have embraced the AIA tenants of sportsmanship
and victory with honor, we run our own program with that, we hope our kids and coaches and
community and parents and fans are promoting the ideals of that and when we all do that
kids have a great experience and it shines very brightly on athletes and the Chandler
Unified School District. There’s gonna be a pre-season parent meeting in every sport,
individualized, it’s an opportunity for the coach to communicate and articulate what their
expectations are for the athletes to have a great experience. At the end we all want
the kids to have a great experience. CUSD implements a randoms student drug testing
policy in order to prevent, deter and detect student drug use. This policy applies to all
9th through 12th grade students who want to participate in a school sponsored sport or
activity governed by the Arizona Interscholastic Association. Random tests will screen for
but are not limited to alcoholic beverages, controlled substances prohibited by law and
legal medication not specifically and lawfully prescribed for the student. If there’s a possible positive, and I say
possible because there may be perscription medication that alter the test, that goes
automatically to a medical review officer. He’s a doctor who specializes in how drugs,
medications, perscriptions can interfere with or hinder or change the results of a drug
test. If a student is randomly selected and they have a positive drug test, a student
will then be inelligable for either 4 weeks or 8 weeks depending on if they do or do not
choose to go through any type of counceling. That is not a dicipline infraction, this is
a prevention program, only people in the room, myself, the assistant principal, the parents
should know about. It is up to the parents and the students who they tell. So none of
this goes on a students permanent record, it doesn’t go in their discipline file, there’s
no expulsion from school or suspension, there’s no police record that’s formed. If on the other hand if a student is in school,
someone suspects they’re under the influence of a substance and they report them to an
administrator, administrator pulls them out of class, and it is found that they are, that’s
a discipline infraction and so that can lead to expulsion and many other outcomes depending
on what was used, the level of use and the situation it’s occurred under. I have a few
letters from students that had positive results and they feel it changed their life, they
were on a bad path, making bad decisions and after having to go through the concealing,
dealing with it, addressing the issues with their parents, they’ve changed how they do
some things and some of their decisions and they feel it’s benefited their movement into
adulthood. In order to assure that our student athletes
recieve the best care if an injury occurs, the district requires all students to have
medical insurance. Student athletes must also have their health history and emergency contact
information on file. This helps our athletic trainers, coaches, and administrative staff
better serve our student athletes. The Chandler Unified School District takes a 0 tolerence
position on hazing and harrassment in any form. This is both on and off the playing
field. Hazing is defined as any act that injures, degrades or disgraces or intends to injure,
degrade or disgrace any student or staff member in a school related activity. Students found
in the violation of the hazing policy will be subject to diciplinary action. In addition
to hazing the district is commited to a policy of non-discrimination regarding race, color,
religion, sex, age, national origin and disibility. Students found in violation of harassing another
student in any of these areas will be subject to diciplinary action. Hazing is anything that makes people feel
demened, makes them feel small, makes them feel intimidated, makes them feel like “Gosh
I don’t even want to be out for sports because when I go in that locker room it’s horrible”.
How do you know how people feel?You can never say, the thing that drives me crazy is “Oh
I was just joking” well it’s not funny if everybody’s not laughing, all of us were laughing
but he wasn’t. And I don’t care what you say or how tough you want to act, people have
feelings I don’t care how big, how nasty, how tough they are in their sport, they’re
still people. I think the expectation for everybody at all schools is that you demonstrate
integrity and character just by the person you are on campus. It’s not so much just down
in the locker room, it’s how you behave on campus. So I think when you can get kids understanding
how important that is, the upper classmen really want to model that behavior to the
underclassmen and then it just becomes an expectation over time. Here at Chandler, and district wide, we as
a community have a lot of pride in our schools from the elementary level up all the way to
the high school level. The district provides up to date and the best equipment that we
can buy, we replace shoulder pads and helmets every year. Yearly we send them out and re-condition,
we have a re-conditioning partner that’s got a contract with our district, there’s a donation
process and the parent has the right to do that if they’d like, they can purchase their
own helmet. We have two forms that we need them to fill out that they’re saying that
they’re donating to the district and then that helmet then becomes propert of Chandler
Unified School District. During that students duration of their career they’ll be able to
use that helmet so long as it fits them right, fits them correctly and it’s safe, and that
too will also get sent out and reconditioned every year along with the rest of the equipment
that we have and that’s the main issue, making sure they’re safe when they strap it up and
go out on the field. In the Chandler Unified School District students
must be enrolled in a minimum of 5 classes with the exception of graduating seniors and
must be passing all classes with a D or better. An F or an incomplete grade will make the
athlete inelligable for interscholastic competition. Once a student athlete is deemed inelligable
they must attend 5 consecutive study halls and bring the failing grade or grades to a
passing grade. The athletic office will communicate to the
student coach regarding their academic status. If the grade or grades do not improve to passing
the students inelligibility will continue on a week to week basis until the academic
eligibility requirements are met. Our district has very high academic standard
and I think our student athletes need to meet that as well. You can’t just come to high
school and and want to be an athlete only, you got to be a student. Also if you want
to be a division 1 or 2 athlete you’ve got to meet certain qualifications within NCAA
clearinghouse and to get into universities and a certain GPA you have to meet and athletes
have to realize that they’re limiting their options if they don’t meet those requirements.
The best thing you can do for a kid is set high standards, cause they’re gonna meet those
standards. If you set low standards then they’re gonna drop to those. We have a standard of,
you gotta have a D or higher, of course a coach can set that higher if they’d like,
if they want to require C’s or higher. Team memberships will be selected based on
the teams evaluation of a candidates skill level, team contribution and attitude. Cannidacy
for team memberhsip will be based on a trial period unless they’re are extenuating circumstances
as determined by the site athletic director. The evaluation of team membership is based
on objective and subjective criteria which is developed by each coach. All the evaluations
are approved and supported by site administration. The coaches will notify those trying out at
the end of the last day of tryouts regarding their selection or non-selection to the team.
Student athletes have the opportunity to meet personally with the coach to over criteria
for non-selection. Kids at this age are at such different levels
of maturational development so we get the whole gammit for 14 to 18 year olds that are
at all different levels. So we try to address some of the weaknesses and be able to capitilize
on the strengths. Get the teqnique first, get the body posture, be able to control your
own body in space and then we will eventually add weight so that’s a safe progression to
do it that way. You’re going to train the complete athlete, you’re not going to, if
they’re soccer players, you’re not just gonna train legs you’re gonna also train upper body.
Sport is dangerous, there’s going to be injuries, you got bodies colliding and you’re moving
at high rates of speed so we just wanna give the kids the best chance possible. I don’t
like to use the word, prevent injury, but I’ll say reduce incidents and severity of
the injury. I want these kids to healthy after high school sports. So do I want them to be
better athletes now, yes, but I also want to send them out in the world to be healthy
adults and so I’m trying to give them a whole tool kit of things they can do to be a healthy
individual and not just the specialized things for their sport. Once team selection is complete coaches, student
athletes, parents and guardians are held to a high standard regarding sportsmanship following
the AIA’s philisophy pursuing victory with honor. Parents and guardians may observe the
activities from the stands but are not allowed on the field or courts in competitions. Outstanding
student athlete and spectator behavior at athletic events reflects well on our athletic
programs. We really enjoy the parental support that
we have here in Chandler, our parents do a great job of coming to our events, cheering
for their kids, encouraging their kids. Kids want to have a good time and when their parents
are encouraging that and showing that that’s what’s happening it makes a better experience
for their student. Parent meetings are extreemely important.
We have one here at the begining of the school year and at that point as the athletic director
I get up and kinda give everything they sorta need to know about athletics, what our procedures
are, what our clearence processes are, what they need to be eligible. We talk about grades
and eligibitlity and behavior and also expectations for the parents at that point and then we
also let them know what they can expect from their coaches, so for example, they can expect
to have the schedule, they can expect to know when practice times are, they can expect to
kinda know how much work it’s going to take my student to be on this sport. Also then
during the school year we have meetings each season, at that time the coaches give them
their expectations and that’s when they are giving them the schedules and letting the
parents know what it is that they can do to support the program. We recognize that creating great experiences
for all of our student athletes is a team effort among coaches, parents and guardians,
each school, our district leadership and many others. We look forward to partnering with
you in creating athletic programs that are second to none

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