I. RPS school policy requires that every athlete must turn in an Athletic Participation Form to the athletic trainer prior to participation for each sport's season. This form must be dated no more than 60 days prior to the first practice.
II. RPS school policy requires that any athlete who sees a physician due to an athletic related illness or injury must turn in a “return to play” or “medical release” note to the athletic trainer from the physician before they can continue to participate in their sport. If the athlete does note have a clearance note from their physician he/she will not be allowed to particpate in RPS athletics. This policy allows the athletic trainer to be aware of the athlete’s status and to help better care for all RPS athletes.
III. RPS follows the concussion guidelines set forth by the Zurich Consensus Statement and the NJSIAA as follows:
At any time during a practice or game that a student athlete experiences any sign(s)/symptom(s) of a concussion he/she will not be allowed to return to play/practice that day.
Please see the Concussions page of the Athletic Training site for the full concussion policy, Return to Play Guidelines and important concussion information.
IV. RPS follows the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Pre-Season Heat Acclimatization Guidelines for Secondary School Athletics mandated by the NJSIAA. Please see the Heat Acclimatization page for definitions.
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE 14-DAY HEAT ACCLIMATIZATION PERIOD
1. Days 1 through 5 of the heat-acclimatization period consist of the first 5 days of formal practice. During this time, athletes may not participate in more than 1 practice per day.
2. If a practice is interrupted by inclement weather or heat restrictions, the practice should recommence once conditions are deemed safe. Total practice time should not exceed 3 hours in any 1 day.
3. A 1-hour maximum walk-through is permitted during days 1–5 of the heat-acclimatization period. However, a 3-hour recovery period should be inserted between the practice and walk-through (or vice versa).
4. During days 1–2 of the heat-acclimatization period, in sports requiring helmets or shoulder pads, a helmet should be the only protective equipment permitted (goalies, as in the case of field hockey and related sports, should not wear full protective gear or perform activities that would require protective equipment). During days 3–5, only helmets and shoulder pads should
be worn. Beginning on day 6, all protective equipment may be worn and full contact may begin.
A. Football only: On days 3–5, contact with blocking sleds and tackling dummies may be initiated.
B. Full-contact sports: 100% live contact drills should begin no earlier than day 6.
5. Beginning no earlier than day 6 and continuing through day 14, double-practice days must be followed by a single-practice day. On single-practice days, 1 walk-through is permitted, separated from the practice by at least 3 hours of continuous rest. When a double practice day is followed by a rest day, another double practice day is permitted after the rest day.
6. On a double-practice day, neither practice should exceed 3 hours in duration, and student -athletes should not participate in more than 5 total hours of practice. Warm-up, stretching, cool-down, walk-through, conditioning, and weight-room activities are included as part of the practice time. The 2 practices should be separated by at least 3 continuous hours in a cool environment.
7. Because the risk of exertional heat illnesses during the preseason heat-acclimatization period is high, we strongly recommend that an athletic trainer be on site before, during, and after all practices..