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Section 142 – Health and Safety

Athletic By-Laws
Sections 130-198

  1. The purpose of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools is to organize and provide extracurricular activities for students attending our member schools. Paramount in the organization’s efforts is the safety of these students.
  2. Emergency Action Plan
    • Schools shall develop emergency action plan for all facilities in which contests are hosted
    • Schools shall ensure that an AED is available in all facilities in which contests are hosted.
  3. School – Student Health Awareness
    • Schools shall have a health and safety plan for extracurricular activities
    • Schools shall notify parents and students that reporting of injuries and health conditions is encouraged
    • Schools shall notify parents and students that the reporting of injuries and conditions will be viewed and treated in a positive manner by all school personnel
    • Schools shall notify parent and students that the course of treatment and return to play as offered by a licensed health care professional of the parents choosing shall be honored
  4. First Aid
    • Training – School Personnel
      • Each TAPPS athletic director and coach will receive training in Concussion Management on an annual basis.
      • Training shall encompass
        1. Basic First Aid
        2. Sports Specific First Aid
          • Cover injuries likely to occur in sporting activity
            1. Wound Care
            2. Contagious Disease
            3. Breaks and Fractures
            4. Asthma and other such conditions
          • Diagnosis
          • Emergency Treatment
        3. CPR
        4. AED use
      • Training may be provided by
        1. Red Cross
        2. TEA Recognized provider
        3. NFHS Course
        4. School Designated provider
      • Training – Student
        1. Training shall be provided for Parents and Students
        2. Training shall provide the school policy for injury awareness and treatment
        3. Training shall identify the school personnel to be notified in the event of injury or health condition
  5. Concussion
    • Training – School Personnel
      • Each TAPPS athletic director and coach will receive training in Concussion Management on an annual basis.
      • This training shall consist of at least 1 hours training
      • Training shall encompass
        1. Basic Concussion Awareness
        2. School Concussion Protocol
        3. Player Education
      • Training may be provided by
        1. TEA Recognized provider
        2. NFHS Course
        3. School Designated provider
    • Training – Student
      • School personnel shall provide concussion awareness training for
        1. Students
        2. Parents
      • This training shall include
        1. Basic Symptoms of Concussions
        2. School protocol for diagnosis
        3. School Protocol for return to play
    1. Basic School policy shall encompass and endorse
      • Any player who shows signs, symptoms or behaviors associated with a concussion
        1. Must be removed from the contest
        2. May not return to play on the same day
      • Shall not return until cleared to play by an appropriate health-care professional as determined by the school administrator.
      • Written clearance must be obtained from the appropriate health care professional prior to student participation in any
        1. Practice
        2. Scrimmage
        3. Athletic Contest
  6. Sudden Cardiac Arrest
    • Training – School Personnel
      • Each TAPPS athletic director and coach will receive training in Sudden Cardiac Arrest on an annual basis.
      • Training shall encompass
        1. Recognition of the basic symptoms of SCA
        2. Recognition of signs of Cardiac Distress
      • Schools shall document training in SCA
    • Training may be provided by
      • TEA Recognized provider
      • NFHS Course
      • School Designated provider
    • Students whose physical examination indicates the possible condition which may cause an SCA or exhibiting signs shall not be allowed to participate in athletic activities unless approved by a licensed health care professional of the parent’s choosing.
    • Training – Student
      • Parents and students shall receive basic training in SCA.
      • Training shall encompass
        1. Recognition of the basic symptoms of SCA
        2. Recognition of signs of Cardiac Distress
      • Schools shall document training in SCA
  7. Temperature Illness – Heat and Cold Related
    • Training – School Personnel
      • Each TAPPS athletic director and coach will receive training in Temperature Illness on an annual basis.
      • Training shall encompass
        1. Recognition of Heat Distress
        2. Treatment of Heat Distress
        3. Prevention of Heat Distress
        4. Prevention of Cold related distress
    •  Weather Policy for Temperature
      • In the event the outside temperature or heat index reaches 100 degrees as determined by the home team or event host, interschool contests shall not be played without the mutual consent of all teams involved in the contest.
      • In the event the outside temperature or chill factor reaches 32 degrees as determined by the home team or event host, interschool contests shall not be played without the mutual consent of all teams involved in the contest.
      • This determination should be made by the Athletic Directors at each school at the time of the contest with student safety at eh forefront of the decision making process.
  8. Steroid Use and Abuse 
    • TAPPS discourages the use of any performance enhancing drugs ro substances.
    • This section applies to steroids whether natural or synthetic.
    • This policy applies to other substances used to mimic or achieve similar results as steroids
    • Training – School Personnel
      • Each TAPPS athletic director and coach will receive training in Temperature Illness on an annual basis.
      • The training shall include
        1. Dangers of steroid use
        2. Dangers of performance enhancing drugs
        3. Dangers of the use of energy drinks
        4. Symptoms and signs of the use of steroids or drugs used for similar purposes.
      • Schools shall have a plan in place to handle potential or suspected steroid use or abuse.
    • Training – Student
      • Parents and students shall be trained in the dangers of steroid use and abuse
      • Parents should be trained in the school policy pertaining to suspected or confirmed steroid use.
  9. Injury Reporting
    • In order to gather information for study and review in the area of student health and injury prevention, TAPPS requires schools to promptly report injuries.
    • Injuries are to be reported through the INJURY page on TAPPSter.