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Athlete of the Week
The Athlete of the Week for the week of January 23 is Jules Kirby of JV boys basketball.
Jules made five out of seven free throws in the final minute to secure a 51–48 victory against Traip Academy. He also had two steals in the final thirty seconds!
The Athlete of the Week for the week of September 19 is Abie Waisman of JV boys soccer.
Abie scored a hat trick in a 3–2 win at Cape Elizabeth and then followed that up with a beautiful goal in a 3–1 win of Traip Academy.
The Athlete of the Week for the week of August 29 is Jackson Hildreth of JV boys soccer.
Jackson has started off the season strong allowing only three goals in the first five games, and has made some wonderful saves. The team has won all of their games so far.
The Athlete of the Week for the week of May 23 is Nico Herrerra of JV baseball.
In an 11-5 win over Sacopee Valley, Nico had three hits (including a triple), two runs scored, and was stellar behind the plate, catching seven innings.
The Athlete of the Week for the week of May 2 is Dahlia Bill of JV Girls Lacrosse.
Dahlia helped the team to an 8-3 win over Traip Academy (scoring two goals) and a 7-6 win over Portland.
The Athlete of the Week for the week of February 1 is Lydia Birknes of JV Girls Basketball.
Lydia had a strong performance in a tournament with NYA and Traip Academy. She led the Flyers in scoring versus Traip with 8 points, and she ran the point and played strong defense throughout the tournament.
The Athlete of the Week for the week of January 17 is Abie Waisman of JV Boys Basketball.
Abie combined for 20 points in two games this week to go along with hustle and determination on the defensive end.
The Athlete of the Week for the week of January 10 is Pauli Mukerangingo of JV Basketball.
In a game versus NYA, Pauli pulled down 13 rebounds and played outstanding defense.
The Athlete of the Week for the week of December 27 is Elijah Gallagher of the swim team.
Elijah won both the 50 Free & 100 Fly v. Westbrook. He dropped more than 0.5 seconds in the 50 from the previous meet and is making good progress this year. As a senior captain, he’s a leader on the team and models a determined work ethic every practice.
The Athlete of the Week for the week of December 6 is Fletcher Polsky of JV Boys Basketball.
Fletcher contributed 8 points along with leading the team in rebounds. Fletcher’s strong defensive performance led the team to a 37-22 victory over Sacopee Valley.
The Athletes of the Week for the week of October 7 are Evie Field and Miguel Molina Ovalle from Cross Country.
Evie has knocked over 5 minutes off of her 5K time since the start of the season.
Miguel is a brand new runner and has risen to the #4 runner spot on the boys team, running a sub 20:30 time at Cape.
The Athlete of the Week for the week of September 27 is George Fahey ’22 of Varsity Golf.
George fired a one under par 71 at Natanis to lead his team to victory in the Western Maine Conference Class C State Qualifier. The Flyers will compete for the state championship on October 9.
The Athlete of the Week for the week of September 13 is Emily Kalinich of Varsity Field Hockey.
The field hockey team had a strong week, winning all 3 scheduled games. Emily scored two goals in a 5-0 win over Traip Academy.
The Athletes of the Week for the week of September 6 are Jackson Hildreth of JV Boys Soccer and Leah Noone of JV Girls Soccer.
Jackson has started off the season strong, sharing the netminder responsibilities for the JV Soccer Team. He has only allowed 2 goals in the first two games and has made some wonderful saves.
Leah has helped her team to two draws: 2-2 vs NYA and 0-0 vs Traip. In both games, Leah had many saves and distributed the ball well.
The Athlete of the Week for the week of May 10 is Seth Cloutier of Boys Lacrosse.
Seth played some important minutes in the varsity win over York, and then scored two goals in a 4-1 JV win over York.
The Athlete of the Week for the week of May 3 is Eliza Moorhead of JV Girls Lacrosse.
Eliza turned away many Cheverus shots on goal to earn her first shut-out and help the Flyers to their first win of the season.
The Athlete of the Week for the week of April 19 is Oliver Eames of JV Baseball.
In a game against Gray New Gloucester, Oliver had three hits and played stellar defense. Oliver also helped turn a double play in a 7-4 come-from-behind win.
The Athlete of the Week for the week of March 8 is Ishan Reese of JV Basketball.
On Thursday, Reese had 19 points in a 57-46 win over the Old Orchard Beach. On Saturday, Reese poured in 25 points in a 49-47 overtime loss to the Gulls. Ishan also contributed five steals and nine rebounds in the effort.
The Athlete of the Week for the week of February 22 is Maeve Mechtenberg ’24 of JV Basketball.
In a JV girls basketball game against Marshwood Academy, Maeve scored six points including the steal and basket which sealed the 25-20 win over Marshwood. Maeve also contributed four rebounds and three steals.
The Athlete of the Week for the week of February 15 is Sam Ribeiro ’24 of JV Basketball.
In a 63-51 home win over Westbrook, Sam poured in 18 points and made several three pointers.
The Athlete of the Week for the week of October 26 is Ava Simmons of the Cross-Country team.
Ava ran the Smiling Hill course in 26:54, which was more than a four minute drop from her time four weeks ago. Yes, that’s more than one minute per mile better! She’s showing consistent improvement and culminated her season with an impressive performance.
The Athlete of the Week for the week of October 19 is Leah Noone of JV girls soccer.
In a 2-1 loss to NYA, Leah kept her team in the game with 13 saves in goal, including saves on a number of breakaways.
The Athlete of the Week for the week of October 5 is George Fahey of the Golf Team.
George captured the Maine Class C Golf Individual Championship by firing a 2 over par 74 at Natanis Golf Club. Fahey is Waynflete’s first golf state champion.
Photo: Joe Phelan / Kennebec Journal
The Athlete of the Week for the week of September 28 is Bryan Stark-Chessa of JV boys soccer.
Bryan scored three goals against Gray New Gloucester on route to a team win.
The Athlete of the Week for the week of February 3 is Mary O’Hannes of the swim team.
She dropped her time 4.3 seconds in the 100 Free on Saturday in the Southwestern championship. Great job Mary!
The Athlete of the Week for the week of January 20 is Ethan Freeman of the Nordic ski team.
Ethan is dedicated to the team and has shown huge improvements in times from last season. His attitude, effort and performance has been exemplary. Keep up the great work, Ethan.
The Athlete of the Week for the week of January 13 is Cole Isherwood of First Team basketball.
In a 48-29 win over a physical Hyde team, Cole scored 17 points in the first half, scoring from inside and out. Cole played less minutes in the second half but hit another 3 pointer for a total tally of 20 points. Cole had four 3 pointers and made six for six from the free throw line. Great job Cole!
The Athlete of the Week for the week of January 6 is Elijah Gallagher of the swim team.
He has been one of the hardest workers on the team at practice and is very kind to his teammates. At Friday’s meet, he dropped 10 seconds in his 200 free and 40 seconds in his 500 free, going sub 7:00 for the first time ever.
The Athlete of the Week for the Week of December 30 is Ilyas Bashir of the boys basketball team.
Ilyas made two free throws to send the game to overtime and then hit a huge three pointer in OT to lead the Flyers to a win!
The Athlete of the Week for the Week of December 15 is Matt Adey of the JV and First Team boys basketball teams.
He led the team vs Cape Elizabeth JV, scored 24 points in a First Team win 64-54 win over Wells, and then scored 17 points in a 61-55 JV win over Old Orchard Beach.
The Athlete of the Week for the week of October 14 is Kaitlyn Bliss of the field hockey team.
Kaitlyn scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win over Freeport to end the field hockey season with a win.
The Athlete of the Week for the week of September 30 is Oscar Herrera of JV Boys soccer.
On Tuesday Oscar helped his team earn a 4-0 win over Traip, on Thursday he scored 3 goals in a 7-0 win over NYA, and on Saturday he helped his team to a hard fought 2-0 victory over Gray.
The Athlete of the Week for the week of September 23 is George Fahey of the golf team.
At the WMC championship and state qualifier at Natanis, George shot an impressive 84 to place third overall in Class C and qualified for the state match on October 12.
The Athlete of the Week for the week of September 16 is Clarie DiNapoli of the cross-country team.
Claire has had two great races this year so far. She placed sixth at the Fryeburg meet and fifth at the Wells meet. The last mile in each of her last two races have been her fastest miles to date. She’s strong with really good form and will be a big contributor this year.
The Athlete of the Week for the week of September 9 is Safa Hussein of the field hockey team.
Safa played exceptionally well in a game vs York and again played well in a hard fought 3-3 tie vs old Orchard Beach.
The Athletes of the Week for the week of May 13th are Jacob Curtis and George Fahey of JV Tennis.
In Saturday’s JV tennis match against Deering High School, this doubles pair, competing together for the first time, finished 2-1. Skill, knowledge of the game, and determination contributed to their impressive win. A natural leader and competitor on the court, George displayed aggressive, well-trained strokes including a strong first serve. Enthusiastic and focused, Jacob came through repeatedly, to his spectating team’s delight, with clean winners to end long points. A very exhilarating day of tennis!
The Athlete of the Week for the week of May 6th is Ned Lane of JV Lacrosse.
In the game vs A.R. Gould, Ned scored 4 goals to lead the Flyers. Way to go Ned!
The Athlete of the Week for the week of April 29th is baseball player Oscar Herrera.
In a JV game vs Traip Academy, Oscar had 3 hits including the game winning RBI to beat Traip 12-11 in extra innings. Oscar also had two spectacular defensive plays.
The Athlete of the Week for April 22nd week is Emily Girard of JV Girls Lacrosse.
In a 6-4 win over Wells, Emily played goalie in the first half and had 7 saves. Then, in the second half, she played on the field and had an assist. Great work, Emily!
There are two Athletes of the Week for the week of February 18th – both from the Nordic Ski Team.
The athlete of the week for the week of January 14th is Nahum Yehdego of JV Boys Basketball.
In the game vs Yarmouth, Nahum scored 24 points including 16 in the pivotal fourth quarter. In that quarter, Yehdego made two three pointers and was 10 of 11 from the free throw line to secure the 48-43 victory.
The Athlete of the Week for the week of January 7th is Larkin Kern of Girls Swimming.
Larkin dropped 9 seconds in her 200 free (less than 1 sec away from the State cut) and dropped 1 second in her 100 fly. She was a strong contributor in two relays as well. Great job Larkin!
The Athlete of the Week for the week of December 31st is Nahum Yehdego of JV Boys Basketball.
Nahum had 19 points including a late 3 pointer to send the game vs Poland to overtime. Great work, Nahum!
The Athlete of the Week for the December 10-16 is Ilyas Bashir of JV Boys Basketball.
Ilyas scored 11 points to help his team to a come-from-behind victory over Traip Academy 50-48.
The Athlete of the Week for October 15-20 is Cece Marshall of JV girls soccer.
Cece made incredible strides over the course of the season. She absolutely dominated the point of possession in the midfield and helped her team to a hard fought 0-0 tie with Traip in the final game.
The Athlete of the Week for October 8-13th is Charlotte Dean of Field Hockey.
Charlotte has been an outstanding goalie this season and deserves full credit for helping to keep this year’s Field Hockey team together on and off the field. Her shut out was spectacular on Friday, but it has been her continued level of play at every game that has kept the score close, and the other teams at bay. She is a super positive team member!
The athlete of the week for the week of October 1-6th is Bella Pickus of Girls JV Soccer.
Bella has shown commitment, creativity, growth, and quality in her role over the course of the season. After last week’s game against NYA, she was nominated as player of the game by her teammates. Congrats, Bella! Keep up the good work.
George Fahey of the Golf team is the Athlete of the Week for September 24-29.
In the first golf match vs York at Cape Neddick, George fired a 45 and won his match by two strokes. Great job George.
The Athlete of the Week for the week of September 17-22 is Finja Buhl of Girls Cross Country.
Since joining the team just before Outdoor Experience, Finja has gotten better each and every practice. At Friday’s race at St Dom’s, she got stronger as the race progressed, breaking away from her running group and finishing the course with gusto. Her upbeat attitude and willingness to push herself during workouts have left a positive impression on all.
The Athlete of the Week for week of
September 10-15 is Laura Martin of Varsity Field Hockey.
The Athlete of the Week for the week of August 20-25 is Ben Curtis of JV Boys Soccer.
During the JV Casco Bay Cup, Ben showed that he can be counted on in the goal. In the opening win over Westbrook he shared the netminder responsibilities and helped ensure our victory. Even versus a very strong opponent in Deering, Ben kept his composure and saved numerous difficult shots.
The Athletes of the Week for May 14-19 are Aidan Kieffer and Ben Adey of Boys Tennis.
Aidan and Ben won the 2018 Western Maine Conference Doubles Tennis tournament. 12 teams participated from Waynflete, Yarmouth, York, Cape and Freeport.
The Athlete of the Week for the week of April 30th – May 5th is Alex Vest of JV Boys Lacrosse.
Alex made a nifty dodge and scored the game winning goal with 10 seconds left to play in a 4-3 victory over Wells.
One of the Athletes of the Week for the week of April 23rd is Kilee Sherry.
The second of the Athletes of the Week for the week of April 23rd is Linguo “Tyler” Ren of JV Lacrosse. Tyler had one goal and one assist in a narrow 7-6 loss to Class B Greely on Tuesday.
The Athlete of the Week for the week of February 5th is swimmer Ben Stone. Ben dropped 3 seconds in the 50 free and had two notable contributions in relays in the Southwestern championship. Great job, Ben.
Chris Saade is our Athlete of the Week for the
week of January 29th. Chris had a strong week amid adversity for the Boys’ JV Basketball team. On Tuesday he scored 12 points in the 1st quarter against Sacopee Valley. In that quarter, Chris suffered an ankle injury that sidelined him for the rest of the game. He bounced back on Friday to score 27 points and grab 8 rebounds for the Flyers against Old Orchard Beach. Chris’ strong week helped the Waynflete Vasity team to victories against Sacopee and OOB as well. Great job Chris!
Georgia Goodman of Swimming is
our Athlete of the Week for the week of January 22nd. She has shown steady improvement throughout the season and had a breakout meet against St. Dom’s. She improved her time in the 50 free by more than a second and swam her first 100 breast stroke race of the season, earning a 2nd place finish in both events. She also swam the backstroke leg of the medley relay, nailing her flip turn, and earning another 2nd place finish.
The Athlete of the Week for the week of January 15th is Oliver Burdick of Boys Basketball. On Monday, in the JV game vs Gray, Oliver had 14 points and dished out 6 assists in a 55-50 loss. On Friday in the JV game vs Traip, Oliver had 18 points and dished out 5 assists in a 44-39 overtime win. Oliver hit a three pointer at the buzzer to send the game to OT, then went 4 for 4 from the line in the last 30 seconds to seal the victory. Good work, Oliver.
Our Athlete of the Week for the week of Jan. 8th is Luca Antolini of the Nordic Ski team. In his first ever skate race last week he was only 34% back from the leader and placed second on our team. This week in his first ever classic race, he was only 24% back from the leader and finished third for our team. A great start to the season!
The Athlete of the Week for January 3rd-6th is Sophie Aronson of Girls Basketball. In the JV game vs Yarmouth, Sophie had 12 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 blocks. In the varsity game vs Hebron Sophie contributed 6 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals, and a block. Great job Sophie!
Our Athlete of the Week for Week of December 4 is Mike Veroneau of Boys Basketball. Mike had 16 points, 8 rebounds, and shot 80% from the free throw line on Friday night at Wells. He helped the Flyers get the 46-38 win against the Warrior’s First Team.
An additional Athlete of the Week for the Week of October 23rd is junior cross country runner Henry Spritz.
In the Class C state championship race at Twinbrook on October 28th, Henry out-kicked the runner-up in the last 200 yards to capture the Class C Individual title. Henry covered the 3.1 mile course in a blistering time of 17:01. Great job Henry!
The recipient of the Athlete(s) of the Week for the week of October 23rd is the JV Boys Soccer team.
The JV boys completed a 9-3-3 season and this schedule included 5 Class B teams and 2 class A teams. The 2017 team recorded the best record of any JV boys soccer team in the past ten years. Congratulations JV Boys Soccer!
The Athlete of the Week for the Week of October 16th is Kiely Callahan of JV Girls Soccer.
As the team goalie in the game against York, Kiely had her strongest showing of the season. She finished with 14 saves against a very tough York team, and cut down two break away opportunities. Great job Kiely!
The Athlete of the Week for the week of October 2nd is Elsa Lutz-Mountain of JV Girls Soccer.
Elsa had a beautiful goal out of the air off of a corner kick against Old Orchard Beach. She plays tough defense and hustles during each game. Congratulations Elsa.
Maddie dropped 2:04 from her time just two weeks ago on the same course in Wells, and ran a really solid race at Fryeburg. She also had a great race at Freeport, earning another 6th place finish. Maddie’s accomplishments this season just earned her a spot as our 6th runner. Great job Maddie.
The Athlete of the Week for September 18-23 is Miles Anderson of Boys Cross Country. Miles ran the Wells course at Laudholm Farm for the second time this fall. In the September 21st meet Miles ran the course 2 minutes and 29 seconds faster than he did on August 31st. Great job Miles!
The Athlete of the week for September 11-16 is Tafari Makinen-Hall of JV Boys Soccer.
Tafari scored four goals over three games and contributed to the strong start for the team.
Will has done a great job over the JV Tennis season–working on his game during practice and keeping a positive outlook and encouraging other players. In our recent match against Yarmouth, Will remained competitive, kept his focus and was a supportive doubles team member.
Ellis has excelled this week. She’s stepped into the defensive roll and come up with numerous of interceptions and ground balls. She helped shut out Cheverus in a 10-0 victory and scored a goal.
Ellis Dougherty of JV Girls Basketball is the Athlete of the
Week for the week of February 6 – 11.
In the final game against Traip Academy, Ellis scored 5 points and pulled down 8 rebounds to help her team secure the win. Ellis has worked hard the whole season to improve her skills.
The Athlete of the Week of the week for January 30 – February 4 is freshman swimmer Henry Bukowski-Thall.
Henry dropped 14 seconds off his 200 free time and 21 seconds off his 500 free time in Friday’s win at Greely. He is poised for more time drops at the upcoming Southwesterns.
The Athlete of the Week for week of January 23-28 is sophomore swimmer Phoebe Hart.
Phoebe is working hard in practice and has shown tremendous growth in her technique. Over the past few weeks, she has competed in many new events (100 fly, 200 IM) and did very well. She’s showing consistent time drops as the end of the season approaches.
The Athlete of the Week for week of October 10-18 is Wyatt Winson of JV Boys Soccer.
Wyatt brings enthusiasm to each game and a strong will to play. He competed in every JV game this season and was a dependable defender. I look forward to what he will bring to the program next season.
The Athlete of the Week for September 26-30 is Liam Feeney of the Boys Cross-Country team.
A sophomore running for the first time, Liam has made huge improvements. On September 30th at a meet at Fort Foster in Kittery, Liam was Waynflete’s 8th man coming in 49th and beating over 50 runners. Liam’s time was19:30.
The Athlete of the Week for September 19-24 is Chris Register of JV Boys Soccer.
Over the last four games, Chris showed that he can be counted on in the goal. In the wins over Traip Academy and Sacopee Valley he shared the netminder responsibilities and ensured the victories. Even though the game with Falmouth was a loss, Chris kept his composure and saved numerous difficult shots. Following this, Chris helped secure a victory against NYA by saving a myriad of shots in the final half.
The Athlete of the Week for September 12-16 is Mary O’Hannes of JV Girls Soccer.
Mary has stepped up as our JV goalie and has had 2 shut outs in 3 games! She has improved a lot in the last month and is shaping up to be a very talented goal keeper.
The Athlete of the Week for September 5-9 is
Tafari scored goals in both of the opening games against Wells and Poland.He played the majority of both games with both defensive and offensive field positions.
The Athlete of the Week for May 23-27 is Mykel Henry ’19 of JV boys Lacrosse.
Mykel led the defense in both the Wells (4-2 win) and York games and had game-high ground-balls in both. He cleared the ball well and made a full-length field assist at the end of the York game to tie it up, 8-8, as time expired.
Parker Seeley ’19 is the Athlete of the Week for May 16-20.
In the JV baseball games vs Traip and Old Orchard Beach, Parker had two hits and made a series of stellar defensive plays at second base. Parker works hard everyday and bring a positive attitude into every practice and game.
The Athlete of the Week for May 9-13 is Georgia Goodman ’19 from JV girls Lacrosse.
In a 5-5 draw with Cheverus, Georgia scored two goals including the tying goal with one minute left. Georgia is an excellent teammate whose contribution combines strong skills with good sportsmanship.
The Athlete of the Week for May 2-6 is Hunter Gregg ’19 from Boys Tennis.
In his first opportunity to represent Waynflete on the courts against Cape Elizabeth, Hunter played in two mixed doubles matches—and with different teammates. In both matches he showed focused, determined effort and adaptability, resulting in good energy all around. Great job, Hunter!
The Athlete of the Week for April 25-29 is Ben Musgrove ’19 from JV Boys Lacrosse.
During the April 27th game at York, Ben had a number of spectacular saves and directed the defense from his goalie position.
Information and Exercises
Preventing ankle injuries
The stronger the muscles are around the joint—this will help to protect from injury along with stretching through load. Progress gradually in resistance to gain strength over time.
- Monster walks w. mini band
- Side steps w. mini band
- Single-leg bridges
- Bunny hops (fwd, bwd- extra fun!)
- Shoulder with apart lateral jumps
- Clam shells w. mini band
- And so much more!!! See ATC or S&C Coach for further progression/ recommendations—we’re here to help!
Please see athletic trainer for:
- Injures or returning back from injury.
- Questions or needing collaboration with S&C coach approach
Athletic Trainer Niki Baldic may be seen after 2:00 p.m. in the athletic training room/fields/gym depending on the time of year. Please email to connect.
Reducing ACL Tears and Sprains
Strong lower leg, hip, core musculature may help to prevent an ACL tear. Strength and conditioning along with proper form with sport specific movements, flexibility, agility, and understanding proper landing from a jump may help in preventing a knee injury.
Programs such as Sportsmetrics and FIFA 11+ that are best completed over a 6-week period, 3 days/week for 1–2 hours on non-consecutive days leading up to the season.
- Dynamic warm – up
- Jump training progression (feet & knees hip distance apart-quiet landing)
- Strengthening hamstrings, hips, core, lower legs
For more information, please visit Sportsmetrics.org or ask an athletic trainer.
Patellar Femoral Pain Syndrome
PFPS (Patellar femoral pain syndrome) is a condition that is found in children and adolescents from about ages 10 to 16. It occurs most often in children who have grown a significant amount in a short period of time, when the muscles haven’t had sufficient time to catch up to the new length of the bones. They experience pain most often in the patellar tendon below the knee cap. Other causes can be a weak VMO (inner quadriceps muscle), an imbalance between the VMO and other quad muscles, or weak hip muscles.
STRETCH routinely 3–5x/ day during high growth (adolescent years).
Hold stretch with weight through limb when possible. Lacrosse/tennis balls work wonders for mobility. Foam rolling prior and post activity. Hand roller may also help.
Load tendons thoughtfully—feel free to see athletic trainer for more questions and information.
Example of safe tendon loading:
- Sit with back against wall; knees and hips bent at 90 degrees
- Squeeze medicine ball between knees/or complete a corner wall sit for glute medius activation—fun fun!
- Hold position until failure. Repeat 3x/ 2-days
If an athlete sustains a concussion (or is suspected of having had one); please contact " target="_blank" rel="noopener">Stacey Sevelowitz (207.774.5721, ext.1289) and Athletic Trainer " target="_blank" rel="noopener">Niki Baldic (207.774.5721, ext.1256) as soon as possible.
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Concussions may range from mild, moderate, to severe in nature. It is important to be aware that any child/ person that has sustained a hit to the head and displays signs and/ or symptoms of concussion should be evaluated by a medical professional (preferably trained in concussion management; i.e. sports medicine physician, neurologist, etc.) – on the sidelines of an athletics field/ venue- ask for your child to be evaluated by an athletic trainer (sports medicine healthcare professional) if present. The athletic trainer will be able to evaluate your child at the time of the hit and can recommend if immediate emergency care is needed- or if it is safe to wait until the next day for a non-emergent physician evaluation to be made. You are welcome to ask any/ all questions at the time of injury and if needing further clarification to best help your child’s recovery.
School policy requires students with concussions to be seen by a physician before returning to school. Please have the physician note of academic (return-to-learn) and physical accommodations (return-to-play) faxed to: 207.772.4782. Student-athletes may not return to physical activity until being cleared by a physician and following the Return-to-Play- Concussion Protocol administered by the athletic trainer.
- A concussion is a brain injury – all are serious; and may become serious if they are NOT treated appropriately; i.e. a child with signs or symptoms of concussion does NOT return to a game/ competition to eliminate the risk of ‘second impact syndrome’- a potentially fatal injury that occurs when an athlete sustains a second head injury before a previous head injury has completely healed as a result of swelling in the brain.
- Most concussions occur with no loss of consciousness.
- “When in doubt, sit them out.” – It is better to miss one game, then to risk medical complications, and in severe cases, death.
- If concussion is suspected, do not give ibuprofen/Advil/Excedrin until cleared by a physician (it is important to know if headache and/ or signs or symptoms of concussion are worsening- if signs or symptoms of concussion do WORSEN- GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM- THIS MAY BE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY!)
Look for Signs and Symptoms of Concussion in your Child
You may refer to this Concussion Symptom Scale as a tool to track your child’s daily symptoms and be sure to follow the recommendations of your physician.
If your child exhibits worsening signs and/or symptoms of concussion (examples below, but are not limited to), TAKE THEM TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM IMMEDIATELY!
- Worsening headache
- Worsening vision
- Loss of consciousness
- Exhibiting abnormal behavior
- Difficulty/slurred speech
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