In the Event of an Injury
Injuries should be reported to the Patrick F Taylor Sports Medicine staff and the athlete’s coach as soon as the athlete realizes he/she is injured.
The Patrick F. Taylor Sports Medicine staff will evaluate the injury and, based upon the evaluation, make a determination as to what the most appropriate course of care for the athlete. Treatment will be based upon the athletic trainer’s experience, established protocols and standing orders furnished by our team physicians and/or caring physician. In most cases, injuries are minor in nature and the athlete can be successfully treated in the athletic training room.
If the injury is more extensive or will require further medical evaluation by a physician, the athlete’s parent/guardian will be contacted by the athletic trainer and provided with information about the injury and can recommend a physician or help with appointments.
It is essential that ALL athletic injuries be reported to the Patrick F Taylor Sports Medicine staff when they
On the Road…
If an athlete is injured while on the road, he/she should report that injury to his/her coach and then to a sports medicine staff member as soon as possible following their injury.
If the host school employs an athletic trainer, our coaching staff may elect to have the athlete examined by that athletic trainer who will most likely provide basic care for the injury (i.e.; ice, wrapping, etc.) and refer the athlete back to our sports medicine staff.
The athlete should report the injury to the Sports Medicine staff member the next day in school. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT HE/SHE DOES THIS! In case of significant injury, parents will be contacted about the injury directly from that site and consulted about the problem.
Questions from Home…
If you are concerned about an injury that your child suffered during athletics, PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL THE ATHLETIC TRAINER.
If an injury which appears minor one day, and becomes more bothersome the next day, please call the athletic trainer so that they can assist you in the next appropriate steps. It is always your right as a parent to seek further medical care for your child if you have any doubts as to the seriousness of his/her injury. It is strongly recommended that you contact the sports medicine staff before taking your child to the physician of your choice. Often, the athletic trainer can eliminate unneeded waiting time and have your child seen in a timely fashion.
Anytime you take your child to a physician for an athletic injury we ask that you obtain in writing the doctor’s instructions for treatment and return to play guidelines for us to appropriately (and legally) treat your child.
Injuries of an athletic nature sustained during non-school-sponsored athletic activities are not the responsibility of the athletic trainer and should be directed to the appropriate medical provider. If these injuries affect the playing status of a student athlete, the athletic trainer will make the determination regarding a student’s return to play and participation in daily athletics after consulting with the attending health care provider.
YOUR CHILD MAY NOT RETURN TO PLAY WITHOUT A WRITTEN RELEASE FROM THE PHYSICIAN.