Health and Safety

NCHSAA Personnel
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  • School Personnel
    There are two kinds of school-based health and safety personnel; Licensed Athletic Trainer and First Responder.
    Scroll down and click on the arrow to view the responsibilities and requirements.

    Licensed Athletic Trainer
    • 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 the direction of a physician 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 injuries incurred by athletes, and who, in carrying out these functions, 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.
    First Responders

    First Responder (FR) - A first responder must meet the following requirements set forth by the North Carolina State Board of Education Policy ATHL-000.
    Injury Management Course for LEA use, contact James Bazluki at James.Bazluki@carolinashealthcare.org.

    • Have completed and continue to maintain certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation as certified by an organization such as the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association.
    • Have completed and continue to maintain certification in first aid as certified by an organization such as the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association.
    • Have completed and continue to maintain training in concussion management as offered by an organization such as the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).
    • Course available at NFHSLearn.com: Concussion in Sports.
    • Have completed and continue to maintain continuing education in injury prevention and management as offered by an organization such as the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).
      Courses available at NFHSLearn.com
      • Heat Illness Prevention
      • Sports Nutrition
      • Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
    • Complete 10 hours of staff development each school year specific to first aid, injury recognition and prevention. The 10 hours may include hours necessary for recertification/ renewals.

    Athletic Event Medical Care Requirements

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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. .

    5. A licensed athletic trainer or first responder must physically attend all wrestling matches.

    6. 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.
    Click below for forms and helpful links.
  • For Parents & Students
    • 2019-20 NCHSAA Sports Pre-Participation Form: Rev. March 2019:
      Sports physical form to be completed by a physician.
  • For Schools
  • Health & Safety Library