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Development of Athletic Health Care Facilities
The UCSF PlaySafe Program has extensive experience in building sports medicine programs on high school campuses. An important step in the foundation of your program is to identify and create an Athletic Training Room. This is where athletes, coaches, parents, and administrators can identify as the place where they can go to receive care for their sports medicine needs. The Training Room is a space that is developed over time where new materials, equipment, and tools assist your schools’ certified athletic trainer in the delivery of their care. A few examples of our SFUSD training rooms are pictured above.
On-Site Sports Medicine Care
Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC) are the vehicle which the PlaySafe Program is able to deliver its sports medicine care. Below are a few examples of what an ATC can do for your athletes.
- Determine an individuals readiness to participate.
- Promote safe and appropriate practice, competition, and treatment facilities.
- Advise on the selection and maintenance of equipment.
- Develop and implement an emergency action plan.
- Establish protocols regarding environmental conditions.
- Develop injury and illness prevention strategies.
- Provide on-site evaluation and treatment of injury/illness with appropriate referrals.
- Facilitate rehabilitation and reconditioning.
- Provide nutritional counseling and education.
- Develop and implement a comprehensive athletic health care administrative system.
Our certified athletic trainers provide varying levels of event game coverage for their schools. From covering the sidelines to football and soccer games to providing gym coverage for basketball and volleyball games, our ATCs are at the game to ensure the safety of your athletes.
Pre-Participation Physical Exams
Every fall the UCSF PlaySafe Team hosts a day of sports physicals at the Orthoapedic Institute. Any high school athlete in SF or that attends a PlaySafe School is welcome to attend. Please check back on our main page for updated info on this event. If you are not a SF HS Athlete, please click here to see if your school is part of the PlaySafe family.
PlaySafe Cardiac Physicals
Since 2009, PlaySafe has coordinated an annual community outreach service aimed at detecting cardiac risk factors of sudden death in athletes. By combining sports pre-participation physical exams with cardiac EKG and ECHO tests, the PlaySafe Cardiac Physicals Program has provided comprehensive, preventative screening services to hundreds of Bay Area Student-Athletes. For complete program information and info on how to attend next years event, please click here.
Wrestling Weight Management Program
All of the PlaySafe Programs’ ATCs are certified to administer this program to our local wrestlers. The Wrestling Weight Management Program is an annual preseason screening process for prospective wrestlers. Information from this screening an be used by coaches to safely maintain an athlete’s weight throughout their athletic season. Testing is scheduled by city section. Schools of the AAA are scheduled testing dates in October and November through the CIF SF Section. Other interested schools can contact UCSF but must get permission from their section commissioner.
Sports Injury Educational Seminars
UCSF Sports Medicine has teamed together with coaches and officials that work in the CIFSF Academic Athletic Association on concussion and injury education. Our goal is to provide coaches and officials with the ability to identify a student-athlete whom may have suffered a possible concussion and remove them from competition. Coaches, Athletic Directors, and Athletic Trainers work in collaboration to keep the athlete safe and healthy. On a yearly basis UCSF will go out to various pre-season coaches and official meeting to present on signs & symptoms of concussion, injury management, and return to play considerations.
Athletic Trainers at UCSF Sports Medicine have developed a concussion card to assist coaches and officials to quickly identify signs and symptoms of a concussion with appropriate management steps. This allows the Athletic Trainers assigned to each school to best treat and manage concussion injuries and inform parents and/or guardians. Our mission with these education seminars with officials and coaches is to allow the student-athlete to play knowing their health and best interest will always come first.