If an athlete is believed to have suffered a head injury during competition, a software tool called ImPACT (Immediate Post Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is used to help determine the severity of head injury and when the injury has fully healed. Download the ImPACT Consent Form.
In order for an athlete to perform at an optimal level, close attention must be paid to the body's water and electrolyte levels. Read more information about fluid replacement and dehydration from the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).
The Use of Energy Drinks
Energy drinks have become increasingly popular among adolescents and young adults who see the consumption of these beverages as a quick and easy way to maximize athletic and academic performance. However, energy drinks should not be consumed by athletes. Read more information about energy drinks from NFHS.
Lightning is one of the most consistent causes of weather-related deaths and injury in the United States. Read more information about lightning safety from NFHS.
If an athlete exhibits any signs or has symptoms of a sickling collapse, he or she must be removed from activity. Continuing to exercise will lead to worsening symptoms, additional serious internal organ damage, or even death. Read more information about sickle cell trait from NFHS.