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Legal Considerations and Administration

Preexisting health problems should be listed
on the athlete's health history form. Having this
information will allow preparations for emergencies by having the proper medications on hand. For
example, if an athlete has asthma, make sure there is
an inhaler available. When a condition is suspected,
send the athlete to a physician for evaluation and diagnosis. Make sure the athlete returns with written
information from the physician. This will help with
the continuity of care.
11. Educate the coaches regarding up-to-date training

techniques.
Any technique that is found to have the potential to harm the athletes should be eliminated.
Make sure the coaches are aware of the safety
regulations pertaining to their specific sport. For
example, in football the athletes may not lead
with their helmets, in cross-country sports the
athletes may not over-train, and in basketball low
bridging is prohibited. The coach is in charge of
the playing strategy, so the coach must work together with the sports medicine team to ensure
the safety of the athletes during training, practice,
and games.
12. Conduct pre- and post-season reviews of past years

2-15 | A physical therapist is supervising an

aquatic therapy.
and seasons, and learn from both the positive and
negative events that occurred.
If a swimming coach has been coaching for 15 years and none of her
swimmers has ever had a shoulder impingement, then that coach is doing
something right and her training techniques should be shared with others.
Similarly, if the volleyball coach has the team run stairs on the first day of
practice and one-third of the players suffer lower leg pain from the activity,
the high rate of injury indicates that he should develop a better off-season
conditioning program-or a better method of ensuring his athletes comply
with it.

13. Create a daily approach to safety. Make a daily checklist for key items of concern.

Walk around the fields and surrounding areas to check for any broken
sprinklers that need to be fixed, glass or rocks that need to be picked up, and
any gopher holes that need to be filled in before practices or games. A checklist will ensure those items will not be overlooked.
14. Create a safety committee.

A safety committee should consist of a group of individuals responsible for
identifying safety measures and assuring their implementation. This group can
be made up of administrators, coaches, parents, athletes, and sports medicine
personnel. The diverse nature of the people on this committee will incorporate
a variety of perspectives. The athletic trainer's role is to help the committee
focus on the needs of each team's requirements for safety, making sure that the
committee emphasizes safety over winning. This may be difficult when the

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