Sports Medicine

Nakita (Niki) Baldic is Waynflete School’s athletic trainer. Niki graduated from Castleton State College (now Castleton University) with a BS in Athletic Training and a second major in Health Science. Niki has worked as an athletic trainer and Sports Medicine Specialist in central Florida prior to continuing her career in New England.

All Waynflete athletes are welcome to see the athletic trainer prior to practices and games with medical questions or concerns. Middle school and high school athletes are encouraged to seek treatment before discomfort/ injury worsens.

Athletes are welcome to see the athletic trainer for injury evaluation, rehabilitation, acute and chronic injury care, etc. Waynflete provides a certified athletic trainer during practices and games to assist with injury prevention, give immediate treatment at the time injuries occur, and to refer to physicians when needed. The sports medicine team will work with athletes, coaches and parents to prevent injuries and also to return each athlete quickly and safely to sports participation.

Athletes should arrive early for treatment before practices and games. Athletes may seek treatment Monday – Friday after 2:00 p.m. until the last athletic event of the day. Non-school-day treatment times will vary depending on practice times.

If athletes and/ or parents would like to set up a time to meet with the athletic trainer they can contact Niki Baldic at nbaldic@waynflete.org.

 

Athletic Training Room
Phone Number: Office: 207- 774- 7863 x1256

Physician Notes
Fax Number: 207-772- 4782

Sports Participation Requirements
Valid Physical (within two years)
IMPACT Test for contact sport athletes (Grades 9 and 11)

 

Information and Exercises

If an athlete sustains a concussion (or is suspected of having had one); please contact Stacey Sevelowitz (207.774.5721, ext.1289) and Athletic Trainer Niki Baldic (207.774.5721, ext.1256) as soon as possible.

View information about health and wellness support plans.


Concussion Management

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.

Fast Facts:

  • 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!

  • Vomiting
  • Worsening headache
  • Worsening vision
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Exhibiting abnormal behavior
  • Difficulty/slurred speech


More information can be found at:

http://www.cdc.gov/TraumaticBrainInjury/factsheets

https://www.stopsportsinjuries.org/STOP/STOP/Prevent_Injuries/Concussion.aspx

https://www.nata.org/practice-patient-care/health-issues/concussion