Who to Contact About an Injury
Sometimes your son or daughter may return home from a practice or game and then begin to feel pain or soreness associated with a sports injury. It is important to identify these early aches and pains and to have them properly evaluated so that early intervention can occur.
- If you suspect a life threatening situation (trouble breathing, altered consciousness, worsening headache or anything that otherwise makes you concerned) call your family health care provider, 911 or seek emergency room treatment.
- For most sports injuries (non-life threatening) you should contact your child’s school-based certified athletic trainer. Contact information is provided on this website for schools in the north Florida region. Follow the certified athletic trainer’s instructions regarding care and management of the condition and be sure to have your child personally visit with the athletic trainer immediately the next day at school.
- If your child was taken to the emergency room, urgent care center, physician office or other health care provider for this condition, please be sure to request a written note from this provider to return to the school athletic trainer for proper documentation of injury.
Contact information for the Athletic trainers and Team Physicians associated with our area schools is listed within our searchable database. Simply type in your child’s school name to see a list of the providers associated with their school. Most health care providers assisting within our schools are volunteers and help our school programs as a community service; there is no obligation or requirement to utilize them for clinical services. As the head of the sports medicine services, these team physicians do have the responsibly to review all paperwork from outside clinicians and to offer FINAL approval on ALL return to play decisions.
Schools participating within Project 17 Certified Athletic Trainer Initiative have developed sports medicine webpages and are linked below. These sites can offer additional information on sports injuries and treatment.