The MHSA has provided concussion insurance for all athletes participating in MHSA sports (practice and competition) including cheerleading. The insurance has paid out a significant amount in claims last year for those students who were diagnosed with a concussion while participating in MHSA sports or cheerleading. It is a great program, and both the insurance program (HeadStrong) and the MHSA want to make sure it is being fully utilized. HeadStrong sent us the attached information to hopefully make it easier for schools and parents to file claims. The attachments are:
Please note: when possible (emergencies not included), submit the concussion claim form prior to receiving or paying for services. The reason is the insurance company can run the claim through one of their PPO networks saving on the claim and they can work directly with the provider to manage the paperwork, etc. so the family does not have to take on the initial expense and have the burden of working through the paperwork gauntlet.
From: Bill Heinz, M.D. - Chair – NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC)
As we head into the fall preseason, I want to give everyone a gentle, but forceful reminder to be mindful of the heat, and of the risks associated with summer-time athletic participation. As reported in the New York Times, NASA is predicting 2016 to be another year of record heat, with temperatures much higher than 2015. It is essential that Administrators, Athletic Directors, Coaches, Parents and Students pay close attention to the resources such as Guidelines and Recommendations contained in the following NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) “Heat Acclimatization and Heat Illness Prevention Position Statement”:
Similar guidelines and recommendations have also been published by the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), and the Korey Stringer Institute:
Also, remember that this is not just a football issue. Anyone participating in the heat is vulnerable to heat illness, including participants in activities such as marching band and even volleyball players practicing in a hot gym. It is crucial that the heat acclimatizing guidelines are strictly followed as published, and extra vigilance is placed on the first 3-4 days of the two week acclimatization period. This is the time when our young athletes are most vulnerable to the heat. Please help protect these students from a potentially deadly condition.
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