Director of Health, Safety and Wellness
Janna Fonseca, MED, LAT, ATC
Janna guides sports medicine matters to member schools by monitoring compliance in areas of sports-related concussion, emergency action planning, and educational requirements for athletic trainers and first responders.
Sports Medicine Advisory Committee
The SMAC’s mission is to help ensure the health and safety of student-athletes participating in NCHSAA-sponsored sports and activities by using evidence-based practices when making suggestions, opinions, and recommendations.
NCATA Secondary School EAP Review Committee
All EAPs must be reviewed by a licensed athletic trainer (LAT) in North Carolina.
For schools without a LAT, your district representative from the NCATA Secondary Schools EAP Review Committee can review EAPs.
Forms and Information
- Annual Systems Operation Maintenance Checklist
- Concussion Forms
- CrashCourse Videos: Link to Individual Viewing and Link to Group Viewing
- Emergency Action Plan Venue Example A suggested sample to be downloaded and customized by schools for each sports venue.
- Insurance Information
- Return to Play Forms
- Skin Condition Physician Release Form – Wrestling
- Skin Condition Physician Release Form – Other Sports
- Prescribed Appliance Form – Updated Nov 2019
- Pre-Game EAP Review Presentation | 2023-2024
- Student-Athletes and Opioids Flyer
Guidelines & Policies
Athletic Event Medical Care Requirements
- The licensed athletic trainer or first responder may not have concurrent coaching responsibilities during the time in which the person is working as a licensed athletic trainer or first responder.
- The member school’s licensed athletic trainer or first responder must physically attend all football practices and both home and away games unless excused by the superintendent in writing due to an emergency.
- A licensed athletic trainer or a first responder must be physically present if any protective equipment (helmets and/or shoulder pads) is worn by student-athletes participating in football skill development during the school year.
- A licensed athletic trainer or first responder must physically attend all summer football 7-on-7 events and must be physically present at all times in any competition area in which contests are being held.
- A licensed athletic trainer or first responder must physically attend all wrestling matches.
- A licensed athletic trainer or a first responder must be physically present at all times in any competition area in which wrestling matches are being held. Example: Wrestling in the Auxiliary Gym and Main Gym at the same time would require two licensed athletic trainers or first responders or a combination of one of each.
- Athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries, and medical conditions. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an allied health care profession.
- Athletic trainers are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic trainers work under a physician’s direction as prescribed by state licensure statutes. In North Carolina, an athletic trainer, is a person who, under a written protocol with a physician licensed under Article 1 of Chapter 90 of the General Statutes and filed with the North Carolina Medical Board carries out the practice of care, prevention, and rehabilitation of athletes’ injuries. In carrying out these functions, they may use physical modalities, including heat, light, sound, cold, electricity, or mechanical devices related to rehabilitation and treatment.
- Licensed Athletic Trainer (LAT) – In North Carolina, a Licensed Athletic Trainer is an individual who is licensed under Article 34 of Chapter 90 of the General Statutes entitling them to perform the functions and duties of an athletic trainer.Any individual designated as an athletic trainer at any NCHSAA member high school must meet the following criteria.
First Responder (FR) – A first responder must meet the following requirements set forth in NCAC 16 06E .0266.
- Infectious Disease Update and Prevention – Winter 2022
- NFHS Sports Medicine Position Statements & Guidelines
- Sickle Cell Disease
- Skin Disease
- Mental Health for Student-Athletes Presentation
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