INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

DRUG TESTING
MEDICAL INFORMATION
WHEN YOUR CHILD IS INJURED
HEALTHY TIPS
CONCUSSION PROCEDURES
NATA POSITION STATEMENTS


Drug Testing:

The District's drug testing policy applies to middle and high school students who plan to participate in athletics, band, choir, cheerleading or Viewettes/Drill Team.  Students are not allowed to participate until this form is completed, signed and returned.  Random testing is scheduled throughout the school year.  LISD's Drug Testing Policy can be viewed by clicking the link below.
LISD Drug Testing Policy and Procedures

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Medical Information:

The Longview Independent School District requires that all student athletes have up-to-date copies of all the following forms before they are allowed to participate in LISD athletics:

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When Your Child Is Injured:

Certified and/or Licensed Athletic Trainers will perform an initial assessment and either treat the student athlete with our resources or refer him or her to a doctor or specialist.  If a referral is needed, we will call the parent/guardian or emergency contact that you have provided on the student information form.  Once a doctor has evaluated the student athlete, we ask that you provide documentation telling us the diagnosis, prognosis, activity limitations and any instructions for care.  When the student athlete is ready to return to activity, we will need a written release from that doctor.

If a referral is not needed, we will inform the coach of the student athlete's status and our plans for treatment.  We send daily or weekly injury reports to coaches so that they are aware of the student athlete's progress and treatment.  We rely heavily on the student athlete for communication to you; if you have any concerns about an injury or our treatment plan for your child, please do not hesitate to call us.  When the student athlete has met our requirements for return to activity, we will notify his or her coach and continue to monitor his or her participation.

If you choose to take your student athlete to a doctor or specialist without a referral, it will be even more necessary to  provide documentation telling us the diagnosis, prognosis, activity limitations, any instructions for care and a written release to return to activity.

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Healthy Tips:

Activity Health Tip #1: Heat Illnesses
Activity Health Tip #2: Marching Bands
Activity Health Tip #3: Cheerleading
Activity Health Tip #4: STOP Sports Injuries

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Concussion Procedures:

The LISD Athletic Department has taken certain steps to comply with House Bill No. 2038 and would like to provide you with information that explains concussion prevention, symptoms, treatment, and oversight and include guidelines for safely resuming participation in an athletic activity following a concussion.

While not all concussions can be prevented, the risk of a concussion can be reduced by correctly wearing appropriate equipment and applying proper techniques for each individual sport or athletic activity. Some signs and symptoms of a concussion could include, but are not limited to:  appearing dazed or stunned, confusion, forgetfulness, clumsiness, balance problems, personality changes, responding slowly to questions, loss of consciousness, headache, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, double vision, blurry vision, sensitivity to light or noise, feeling sluggish, feeling foggy, problems concentrating or problems remembering.

While recovering from a concussion, limiting the amount of time texting, listening to music, watching TV, working or playing on a computer, playing video games and being in over stimulating environments should be a priority.   Sleep should also be a priority and unless otherwise instructed by a physician, it is not necessary to wake the athlete during the night.  If the student athlete’s treating physician believes that student needs a modified academic program, the student athlete should present written instructions from the physician to an athletic trainer who will notify the appropriate school personnel to organize the modifications.

Once a coach, physician, licensed health care professional or the student’s parent or guardian suspects the student athlete of having sustained a concussion, he or she must be evaluated by a physician.  Once asymptomatic, the student athlete may begin the return to play protocol as established by the LISD Concussion Oversight Team.  After the student athlete has completed the return to play protocol with no symptoms and has a written release signed by his or her treating physician, the designated school individual (usually an athletic trainer) and the parent or responsible decision-maker for the student athlete will sign the UIL’s Concussion Management Protocol Return to Play Form.  The release must be signed by a physician.  A physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner’s signature will not be accepted.

The Return to Play Protocol consists of four phases.  Phase 1:  light aerobic exercise—15-20  minutes on an exercise bike or light job or walk; no weight lifting, resistance training or any other exercise is advised.  Phase 2:  moderate aerobic exercise—15-20 minutes of running at moderate intensity in the gym or on the field without a helmet or other equipment.  Phase 3:  non-contact training drills in full uniform.  May begin weight lifting, resistance training and other exercises.  Phase 4:  full contact practice or training.   If an athlete returns to activity before being fully healed from an initial concussion, the athlete is as risk for a repeat concussion.  A repeat concussion that occurs before the brain has a chance to recover from the first can slow recovery or increase the chance for long-term problems.  In rare cases, a repeat concussion can result in severe swelling and bleeding in the brain that can be fatal.

Longview ISD athletic trainers will use ImPact testing as a tool in their assessment of traumatic brain injuries.  Student athletes in a contact or collision sport may be asked to take a baseline test prior to the start of their season and test(s) post injury at the discretion of the athletic trainer.  Testing will be administered and analyzed by the athletic trainers.  LISD's complete procedure can be viewed by clicking Concussion Protocol.  To read more about ImPACT, please click www.impacttest.com.

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NATA Position Statements:

If you would like to view the NATA position statements on topics such as heat illness, dehydration, lightning, illegal steroids, concussions, etc. please click on the link below.
NATA Statements

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