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Keeping our Student-Athletes Safe

Trojan community –

After a recent high school principals meeting, I wanted to proactively share information with our community to help our physically-active students become safer during participation in our GHS events – specifically, our students involved in our Physical Education classes and physically-active clubs and sports.

Discussions among principals yielded a sense of an increase in health-related issues and physical injuries among PE students and student-athletes this school year. These range from heat-related concerns, to concussion-like concerns, to actual physical injuries during classes and interscholastic athletic events.

We wanted to stress the importance of having students communicate to a teacher and/or coach immediately if she/he is not feeling well during an activity, or may have experienced an injury. MCPS staff and coaches have the ability to quickly implement interventions and supports to students experiencing illness and/or injuries, therefore, the sooner the staff are aware, the quicker the response to the illness and/or injury.

Additionally, I wanted to some important resources to help keep our families support our physically-active students:

Hydration and Heat-related Illnesses:

NCAA Sport Science Institute Fact Sheet: https://www.ncaa.org/sites/default/files/Performance%20Hydration%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf

Children’s Hospital Association for Young Athletes: https://www.childrens.com/health-wellness/the-importance-of-hydration-for-young-athletes

Heat Index: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/athletics/health/heatindex.aspx

Head Injuries and Concussions:

MCPS Parent Letter RE: Concussions: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/uploadedFiles/departments/athletics/health/1%20Concussion%20-%20Parent%20Letter.pdf

MCPS Concussion Plan: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/uploadedFiles/departments/athletics/health/Concussion%20Plan.pdf

Concussion Look-Fors: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/uploadedFiles/departments/athletics/health/Concussion%20Card%20SIGNS%20AND%20SYMPTOMS.pdf

Information for Parents/Guardians: https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/highschoolsports/parents.html

Information for Students: https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/highschoolsports/athletes.html

Cardiac-Related Information:

Information: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/uploadedFiles/departments/athletics/health/Sudden%20Cardiac%20Arrest%20Info.pdf

FAQ: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/uploadedFiles/departments/athletics/health/Sudden%20Cardiac%20Arrest%20FAQ.pdf

MCPS Health and Safety-Related Presentation:

https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/uploadedFiles/departments/athletics/health/MCPS_Athlete_SafetyPPT.pdf

MCPS Athletics and PE Website resources:

MCPS PE Website: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/curriculum/physed/

MCPS Athletics Website: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/athletics/

Additional Information: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/athletics/health/concussions.aspx

Mr. Cary Dimmick
Principal of Gaithersburg HS
101 Education Boulevard
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
ph: 301-284-4500
Follow on Twitter @GburgPrincipal