Injury Prevention & Care in Athletics

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CONCUSSION IN SPORTS POLICY AND PROTOCOL

Please see below for information for parents and forms the district is using to comply with new state regulations governing return to play for MIAA athletes and marching band members after a concussion.

Please contact the Athletic Director, Kara Dupre, or the NHS nurse, Ellen Hirschberg, with any questions or concerns regarding head injuries and your student athlete.

Ms. Dupre: (413) 587-1356 kdupre@northampton-k12.us
Ms. Hirschberg (413) 587-1359 ehirschberg@northampton-k12.us
Please also refer to the policy, form, and informational documents below.

OPIOID MISUSE PREVENTION FOR ATHLETES

Recent legislation in Massachusetts requires that parents of middle and high school athletes and other adults such as coaches, athletic directors, athletic trainers, and school nurses receive educational materials on the potential dangers of opioid use and misuse. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) and Massachusetts Technical Assistance Partnership for Prevention (MassTAPP) collaborated to provide action steps to help prevent opioid misuse and overdose among student athletes. Entitled “Opioid Misuse Prevention for Student Athletes”, this brief, 7-page packet highlights resources for addressing possible alcohol or opioid misuse or addiction, and can be found for download in the files below.

Additionally, in the video below, Dr. Ruth Potee guides athletes, parents and athletic professionals on ways to treat sports injuries while eliminating or reducing the use of opioid-based pain relievers.

Athletes, Opioids and Addiction from Northwestern DA’s Office on Vimeo.

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