Dear Maclay Parents,
When one of our student-athletes at Maclay has a blow to the head or body, sustained anywhere not just on our campus, which causes signs and symptoms of concussion it is the duty of the coach, teacher, athletic trainer to refer the student-athlete to a trained Medical Doctor (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) for clearance. Signs and symptoms of a concussion are, but not limited to, headache, blurry or double vision, dizziness, nausea, balance problems, feeling “slowed down” or “foggy”, feeling more emotional, difficulty with memory, difficulty with attention, confusion, disorientation, or increased irritability. By law, the steps to return to academics and athletics are as follow:
1. The student athlete is held from PE, practice, or competition and referred to Medical Doctor (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) trained in state laws for proper concussion management (Maclay has a protocol set up with Tallahassee Orthopedic Center Regional Concussion Center [TOCRCC].)
2. Dr.’s Burkhart and Mejia from TOCRCC, if the student-athlete follows our protocol, will assess and write orders for athletic as well as academic accommodations.
3. They will also write orders for therapy which include a 5 stage return to play protocol.
4. Once the student-athlete has successfully completed the 5 stage return to play protocol ONLY A MEDICAL DOCTOR CAN CLEAR A STUDENT ATHLETE PER FLORIDA STATE STATUTE. Florida state statutes specifically states that only a Medical Doctor (MD) or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) can provide clearance of a concussed athlete. Physician Assistants (PA), Nurse Practitioners (ARNP), Chiropractors (DC), Physical Therapist (PT), Occupational Therapists (OT), Athletic Trainers (ATC) CANNOT clear an athlete that either has a suspected concussion or has been diagnosed with a concussion per Florida State Statute.
It is the parent's duty to provide Maclay School with any and all pertinent MD or DO orders upon returning to the classroom or the athletic Field. By law we must refrain from allowing the student athlete from participating in any athletic events including PE without proper documentation. For any questions please email Kurt Zimmerman MS, A.T.C., L.A.T. at firstname.lastname@example.org if you feel that your child has sustained a brain injury (concussion) or if you have any questions regarding Maclay’s Concussion Management Protocol.
Kurt Zimmerman MS, A.T.C., L.A.T.
Maclay Head Athletic Trainer