NORTH CAROLINA STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
Policy Manual

Policy Identification
Priority:
  Healthy Responsible Students
Category:  Athletics
Policy ID Number:  HRS-D-000

Policy Title:  Policy regarding athletic trainers

Current Policy Date:  04/02/2015

Other Historical Information:  Previous board dates: 02/05/1986, 9/13/2001,06/06/2002, 07/11/2012

Statutory Reference:  GS 115C-12(12)

Administrative Procedures Act (APA) Reference Number and Category:  


ATHLETIC INJURY MANAGEMENT

 

 

(a)        Each Local Education Agency (LEA) must designate for each high school within its jurisdiction either a licensed athletic trainer who is qualified pursuant to Article 34 of Chapter 90 of the General Statutes of North Carolina or a first responder. These persons may be employed on a full-time or part-time basis or may serve as a volunteer.

 

(b)            If not a licensed athletic trainer, a first responder must

 

(1)            have completed and continue to maintain certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation as certified by an organization such as the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association;

 

(2)            have completed and continue to maintain certification in first aid as certified by an organization such as the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association;

 

(3)            have completed and continue to maintain training in concussion management as offered  by an organization such as the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

 

(4)            have completed and continue to maintain continuing education in injury prevention and management as offered by an organization such as the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS); and

 

(5)            complete 10 hours of staff development each school year specific to first aid, injury recognition and prevention.  The 10 hours may include hours necessary for recertification/renewals.

 

(c)         The licensed athletic trainer or first responder may not have concurrent coaching responsibilities during the time in which the person is working as a licensed athletic trainer or first responder.

 

(d)            A licensed athletic trainer or first responder must attend all football practices and games, unless excused by the superintendent due to emergency.

 

(e)            Each school district will monitor school athletic trainer/first responder compliance with this policy.

 

(f)             LEAs shall work toward having a licensed athletic trainer or first responder available for all school practices and games of all sports at both the high school and middle school.

 

 

History Note:  Authority G.S. 115C-12(12); N.C. Constitution, Article IX,

Sec.5;

Eff. July 1, 1986;

Amended Eff. September 30, 2002;

Temporary Amendment Eff. December 31, 2001.