St Vincent Sports Performance
Dr. Michael Shea, Orthopedics, OrthoIndy: 317-802-2000
St Vincent Sports Performance Physicians: 317-338-7760
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Welcome to Cardinal Ritter Sports Medicine, here are a few things you need to know about our services.
Hours/availability: The athletic training room is open on school days from the end of school (final bell) until events end and on Saturdays as needed.
Our Roles: To provide care for our athletes. We evaluate injuries, provide first aid, rehabilitation or taping/bracing as necessary. We are available for every in season athlete to see after school to address any problems they may be experiencing. We will make a decision on whether an athlete can participate and if their injury requires them to visit a doctor. We will not allow any athlete to continue to play if we believe they may harm themselves further.
Parent Expectations: We expect that we will be able to work together to care for your child. Please notify us if your athlete was injured during a practice, game or even at home so that we may be aware of the injury. This is preferable by email unless you need to talk to us directly. If you have questions regarding your athlete’s injury, please feel free to call, email or visit by appointment to discuss it further. If your athlete is seen by a doctor regarding an injury or other reason affecting their participation in sports, it is the responsibility of the parent to make sure that a note indicating your athlete’s current participation status and continuing needs are conveyed in writing by their doctor and brought to the athletic trainer in a timely manner.
Nutrition/Hydration: We will provide water for all the athletes for home games. Please send your child with their own water bottle. Watch for weight loss of your athlete and be sensible about diet and exercise. A parent guide will be emailed by your coach.
Concussions: Any athlete exhibiting symptoms of a concussion will be required to see a doctor. Once cleared to return to participation, the athlete will be required to pass an appropriate return to play progression. More detail will be given out if this situation arises. If you have questions regarding ImPACT baseline testing, please email your athletic trainer or visit www.acaindiana.com. It is the responsibility of the athlete to discontinue participation and to self-report any symptoms of concussion to the athletic trainer as soon as they notice them. All athletes and parents are required to read the concussion facts sheets in the physical packet.
Hygiene: Please remind your athletes about good hygiene. Athletes must shower as soon as possible after every practice and game. Athletes should not share towels (send one with your athlete), soap or deodorant. Please make sure they are bringing home their gear and properly disinfecting it on a weekly basis. It is helpful to send your athlete with disinfecting wipes to store in their locker for daily use.
Skin Lesion Policy: These guidelines that suggest MINIMUM TREATMENT before return to play. Bacterial Diseases (impetigo, boils): To be considered “non-contagious,” all lesions must be scabbed over with no oozing or discharge and no new lesions should have occurred in the preceding 48 hours. Oral antibiotic for three days is considered a minimum to achieve that status. If new lesions continue to develop or drain after 72 hours, CA-MRSA should be considered and minimum oral antibiotics should be extended to 10 days before returning the athlete to competition or until all lesions are scabbed over, whichever occurs last. Herpetic Lesions (Simplex, fever blisters/cold sores, Zoster, Gladiatorum): To be considered “non-contagious,” all lesions must be scabbed over with no oozing or discharge and no new lesions should have occurred in the preceding 48 hours. For primary (first episode of Herpes Gladiatorum), wrestlers should be treated and not allowed to compete for a minimum of 10 days. If general body signs and symptoms like fever and swollen lymph nodes are present, that minimum period of treatment should be extended to 14 days. Recurrent outbreaks require a minimum of 120 hours or five full days of oral anti-viral treatment, again so long as no new lesions have developed and all lesions are scabbed over. Tinea Lesions (ringworm scalp, skin): Oral or topical treatment for 72 hours on skin and 14 days on scalp. Scabies, Head Lice: 24 hours after appropriate topical management. Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye): 24 hours of topical or oral medication and no discharge. Molluscum Contagiosum: 24 hours after curettage.
Physicals: Physicals must be on the ISHAA Physicals must be completed annually on April 1 or more recently by an MD or DO.
ImPACT Testing: Cardinal Ritter is currently utilizing IMPACT testing for evaluating and treating concussions. In order to better manage concussions sustained by our student athletes, Cardinal Ritter has partnered with the St. Vincent Sports Performance to implement this testing for current Ritter athletes. : It is required for all 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th grade athletes or any new athlete to the program. ImPACT™ is a computerized exam developed by concussion experts at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) to assist with the diagnosis and management of mTBI’s. Neurocognitive tests, such as ImPACT™ are fast becoming the “gold standard” in recognizing and managing mTBI’s. Additional information can be found at www.impacttest.com. Your school is asking that all freshman, juniors, or kids new to Cardinal Ritter that play a sport take the computerized exam before the first practice of the season they will participating on a sports team. There will be several dates this summer that the test will be given. Please make plans to attend one of the posted dates. The baseline test is free to student athletes. If you cannot make one of these dates please contact the athletic trainer at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible to make other arrangements. The test is set up in a “video-game” format and takes about 30 minutes to complete. It is not a test given for a grade and there is no pass/fail given. It is simply another tool that the sports medicine team can utilize if your child should suffer a concussion during the season to determine what is considered “normal” brain function for them. Think of the ImPACT™ test as a pre-season physical of the brain. If your child suffers a head injury and a concussion is suspected, your child will be referred to a physician or clinician for an evaluation. The physician or clinician may recommend that your child take the post-injury ImPACT™ test. There is typically a charge and a doctor visit for follow up care. Your child’s baseline (pre-season) and post-injury test data, if any, will be maintained on a secure server by ImPACT™but is available for a physician to review upon request. All tests will be given in the computer lab or library. It will be on a first come first serve basis. Doors will close to new tests ½ hour before end of scheduled time. If you are late you will not be admitted and will have to make arrangements to attend another session.