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Athletic Training Information
North Branch High School contracts a certified athletic trainer (ATC) to provide medical support/coverage for the Vikings athletic teams. During the season, an athletic trainer is onsite from at least 2:30-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and during all home JV and varsity athletic games/events. An athletic trainer also travels with the varsity football team to away games.
A Certified Athletic Trainer is a highly educated and skilled professional specializing in athletic health care. In cooperation with physicians and other allied health personnel, the athletic trainer functions as an integral member of the athletic health care team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports programs and other athletic health care settings.
Allyssa Hoopman, ATC is a recent graduate from Northern Michigan University and has had experience working in the collegiate and high school setting. Allyssa is an employee of Physical Therapy Consultants. Please feel free to contact her with any questions or concerns that you (parent or studentathlete) may have regarding any injury and health question or concern that may arise during the year. In order to provide quality care please review the following:
1. It is the athlete’s responsibility to report any injury or illness to the Athletic Trainer or coach.
2. It is the athlete’s responsibility to report for treatment in the Athletic Training Room on time so they can return to practice in a timely fashion.
3. The Athletic Trainer can help facilitate referrals to the appropriate medical professional when necessary and can also work with your primary care physician or a specialist of your choosing.
4. Return-to-play decisions will be based on sound medical judgment with the athlete’s best interests in mind.
5. Return-to-play decisions after a concussion/head injury will follow the MSHSL protocol. (http://www.mshsl.org/mshsl/publications/code/forms/NFHS%20GuidelinesConcMgmt_April2017 .pdf.
Physical Therapy Consultants provides baseline neurocognitive testing (ImPACT Program) to athletes free of charge. The ImPACT program may be utilized by an MD, in conjunction with their examination, to determine most appropriate plan of care and progression to return to play. 6. Athletes will need to receive written clearance from the physician (or their representative) to return to play if they are under a physician’s care. If the athlete is not seeing a physician the decision will be made by the Athletic Trainer. 7. If an athlete, parent, or coach disregards a return-to-play decision the school’s Activities Director will be notified.