Athletic Medicine & FinalForms

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Keeping athletes safe is the top priority of the De La Salle athletic program. Because of the nature of athletic participation, especially in collision and contact sports, injuries will occur. De La Salle Collegiate has long associated with St. John Providence Hospital, now Ascension Macomb, as the athletic training partner for Pilots' athletics. 

OVERVIEWIn support of the school’s primary goals of spiritual, intellectual and physical development of its students the mission of the Sports Medicine Program is to support the athlete as a whole spiritually, mentally, and physically. The health and welfare of the student athlete shall be paramount in the department.

De La Salle strives to develop a program that effectively utilizes the talents of the staff and resources of the program. A diversified program of prevention, evaluation, education, treatment and rehabilitation will assure a positive healthy recovery experience, an improved quality of life, a safe return to full athletic participation and continued athletic success. In addition to injury management, student athlete education will be emphasized to instill lifelong healthy practices.
PHYSICAL EXAMPrior to participation in athletics (including tryouts) at De La Salle, each student-athlete must submit a completed pre-participation physical to the school. The physical must be completed by a MEDICAL DOCTOR (M.D.) or DOCTOR, OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE (D.O.) or NURSE PRACTITIONER (N.P.) after April 15 of the previous school year to be considered current for the upcoming school year and is valid until June 30 of the current school year. In addition, the physical must be signed by the athlete’s parent or guardian acknowledging that the information provided is correct. The physical is good for the entire school year and does not need to be re-submitted for each sport being played. At the conclusion of the school year, the physical needs to be completed again to continue with athletic participation. The deadline for submission is June 30 preceding the upcoming school year. Afterward, students without a current exam may not participate in summer activities or athletic competition. 

There are several key components that must be as complete as possible as part of the pre-participation examination. Outside of the physician’s examination, the medical history is the most important piece of information on the pre-participation exam. This allows the physician and athletic training staff to know if you have any underlying condition that may make participating in athletics challenging or dangerous, such as an underlying cardiac condition, diabetes, or exercise-induced asthma. Based on this information, the athletic training staff can ensure that proper testing or management is in place, and prevent serious injury or complications from arising. Musculoskeletal injury history should also be provided, in order for the athletic training staff to get an idea of past injuries that may require management or clearance prior to activity. In addition, a cardiac screen is strongly recommended as part of the pre-participation exam. Free cardiac screenings are provided at De La Salle yearly through Ascension Health, please contact the athletic department for date and time.

2-PAGE MHSAA PHYSICAL CARD/MEDICAL HISTORY FORM
4-PAGE MHSAA PHYSICAL CARD/MEDICAL HISTORY FORM

FINALFORMS
All De La Salle Collegiate student-athletes are required to be registered in our online athletic registration program, FinalForms. De La Salle has partnered with FinalForms, an online forms and data management service. FinalForms allows parents to complete and sign athletic participation forms for their son online. The most exciting news is that FinalForms saves data from season-to-season and year-to-year, meaning that you will never need to enter the same information twice!  Parents will review information once per school year to verify information is current and sign the forms.

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To register your student-athlete, click here

A couple of hints:

  1. Bookmark this site or save it to your desktop on your mobile device or computer (do not Google search for it in the future as you will not go directly to the De La Salle site).
  2. ALL PARENTS of De La Salle students (even non-athletes) must confirm their account. (This is how physicals will be tracked).
  3. Have required information available, such as medical history/health information, insurance company policy numbers, doctor, dentist and hospital information. This will make the registration time be more efficiently completed.
  4. Parents will need to fill in your student’s email address. FinalForms requires that the student’s @dlspilots.net email address be used. Obtain this from your son. Your student will then need to check their email for information on how to complete their portion of the registration.
  5. The De La Salle Parent Playbook is designed to help you with the online registration process. Please note once you register, you will receive an email to confirm your account, create a password, and then complete the required forms.

INJURIESIt is the responsibility of the student-athlete to report any injury or unusual discomfort to the coach or athletic trainer immediately. Parents will be notified when a significant injury occurs and the coach or athletic trainer shall complete an accident report within one (1) business day. The parent(s) should relay any pertinent medical information to the coaching staff and/or athletic trainer. An athletic trainer is available at designated times to treat minor injuries and make minor evaluations and referrals. Athletes who sustain a head or neck injury or other injury that requires medical attention, or causes loss of practice or competition time will be required to provide a medical release signed by a physician before returning to practice or competition. A note from a parent or guardian will not be accepted.
CONCUSSIONA concussion is a form of mild traumatic brain injury that occurs from a direct blow to the head, or a blow to another part of the body that causes force to be transmitted to the head. Concussion symptoms can vary from mild to severe, and can occur without loss of consciousness. Symptoms can include:

  • Headache
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Dizziness/ balance disturbances
  • Disorientation/confusion
  • Loss of Consciousness
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Slurred speech
  • Visual disturbances
  • Memory loss or difficulty
  • Behavioral changes
  • Tiredness/fatigue

All concussions are potentially serious and may result in complications including prolonged brain damage and death if not managed properly. If you think you may have sustained a concussion, please see the athletic trainer or your personal physician in a timely manner.
CONCUSSION RETURN TO PLAY PROTOCOLPublic Acts 342 and 342 (2012) mandates that parents and students review and acknowledge concussion safety material. In addition, the law mandates that participants with suspected concussion must be withheld from activity until written approval is provide by an appropriate health care provider. De La Salle meets and exceeds these standards as outlined below. 
 
Preventing, identifying, effectively treating and aftercare of head trauma including concussions is an important factor of the De La Salle Collegiate Athletic Medicine program. Student-athletes in selected contact or collision sports shall complete the pre-participation ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) program as freshman and juniors, or at least twice in four years at De La Salle. ImPACT is the most-widely used and most scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system in the world.  ImPACT provides trained clinicians with neurocognitive assessment tools and services that have been medically accepted as state-of-the-art best practices as part of determining safe return to play decisions. 
 
Return to play procedures for concussions:

  1. Student must be symptom free as assessed by ATC, M.D., D.O., PAC or NP.
  2. Student must have been cleared through the ImPACT program as evaluated by the school’s ImPACT neuropsychologist.
  3. Student must possess a MHSAA return to play clearance from a M.D., D.O., PAC or NP.

If any one of these conditions are not met, the student will be withheld from participating. Parent authorization will NOT be accepted in any form. If the student requires special academic accommodation while recovering as deemed necessary by the ATC, neuropsychologist or other physician, special indications will be forwarded to the student’s teachers.

CONCUSSION HOME CAREIf you have a concussion, there are steps that you can take to promote healing of the injury, through avoiding certain things that aggravate symptoms and encouraging things that promote healing.

Things to AVOID:

  • Caffeine
  • Cellphone/TV/Computer use
  • Bright lights and loud noises
  • Strenuous exercise
  • Driving/Operating machinery

Things to ENCOURAGE:

  • Sleep
  • Cognitive rest (Academic accommodations will be made)
  • Acetaminophen for pain relief
  • Avoidance of activity that aggravates symptoms

Additionally, the athlete should be monitored for any rapid deterioration of condition. This is indicative of a more serious trauma to the brain. If any of the following symptoms are noted, the athlete should be transported to the emergency room immediately:

  • Sudden and significant behavior change
  • Amnesia
  • Sensory disruption (Sudden loss of vision, paralysis, etc)
  • Sudden loss of consciousness
  • Seizures

ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT RESOURCES
Dennis Parks
Interim Director of Athletics
586-541-6229

Nicole Zarucki
Head Athletic Trainer
586-541-6222

Joseph Femmininio, M.D.
Team Physician
586-498-2400