Sharon Brodie, ATC – Head Athletic Trainer
Office: 518-244-2068 (Troy)
Christine Kemp - Assistant Athletic Trainer
Weekdays: 1 p.m.- to the end of practice/contests; prior to 1 p.m. is by appointment only
Weekends: 1 hour prior to scheduled practices, 2 hours prior to the start of contests
Visiting team information
Student-Athlete Information and Paperwork
(PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL PAPERWORK SHOULD BE RETURNED TO: email@example.com
*Annual Athletic Training Letter and Paperwork Procedures
*Minor Student-Athlete Release Form
*NCAA ADHD Reporting Form
*2016-2017 Sage Sickle Cell Form
*Preparticipation Physical Evaluation Form
*Student-Athlete Health Questionnaire
*Student-Athlete Insurance Form
DRUG FREE SPORTS
WHAT IS A CONCUSSION?
A Concussion is a brain injury that may be caused by a blow to the head, face, neck, or elsewhere on the body with an “impulsive” force transmitted to the head. Concussions can also result from hitting a hard surface. ALL concussions are serious and can occur in any sport.
Any blow to the head that results in concussive symptoms requires IMMEDIATE refrain from all activity, as it can help to prevent further injury or even death.
The Sage Colleges performs baseline testing at the start of each athletic season. This testing includes orientation questions, immediate memory, exertional maneuvers, neurologic screening, concentration, and delayed recall. If a head injury is sustained, the testing is repeated; comparison to baseline determines an athlete’s safe return to athletics.
Any head injury MUST be reported to the athletic trainers and coaches. Failure to report could result in chronic issues – headache, concentration problems, seizures, and possible death.
SICKLE CELL TRAIT
Sickle Cell Trait is the inheritance of one gene for normal hemoglobin and one gene for sickle hemoglobin. While this condition is generally benign, under circumstances of intense or extensive exertion, the sickle hemoglobin may change the shape of red blood cells from round to quarter moon or crescent shaped, described as sickle. The altered shape can result in the blockage of blood flow to muscles (including the heart), rapid deterioration of muscle tissue, heart arrhythmias, kidney failure and subsequent death. The necessity of knowing an athlete’s status as a carrier of the sickle cell trait is pertinent to his/her safety, as this condition is easily treated with recognition of signs/symptoms, rest and IV fluids.
Sickle cell trait is most often found in African Americans, but also in those with Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Central and South American ancestry. Newborn testing for the trait is now widespread; however, the NCAA and NATA recommend testing of all athletes, as they may not have been previously screened or do not know the results of the screen.
MRSA, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, is a bacterial infection that is highly resistant to antibiotics. Bacteria seek out openings in the skin surface as entry point into the body where optimal environment allows infection to spread. Skin infections appear as a warm, red, swollen, pus-filled area. Fever and/or chills may be present. The close contact that occurs in athletics places athletes at a high risk for infection. It is important to clean and cover all open wounds, shower after practices and contests; do NOT share towels, razors and other sports equipment and regularly wash/disinfect clothing and equipment. The following links have a more detailed description of MRSA.
ATHLETIC EMERGENCY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Weather Policies and Procedures
(Outside weather conditions can be detrimental to the health and safety of student-athletes. Below are The Sage Colleges' policies and procedures for outside practices in temperature extremes--both hot and cold, as well as our lightning policy.)
Eating for Exercise
Proper amounts of carbohydrate, fat, protein, vitamins, minerals and fluid are CRITICAL to success in athletics. Failing to ingest the proper calories, nutrients and fluid will result in poor performance and may result in injury or illness.
Adequate nutrition will:
- Allow more intense training for longer durations
- Delay the onset of fatigue
- Promote a quicker and more complete recovery
- Allow a greater adaptability to workouts
- Improve body composition
- Improve strength
- Enhance concentration
- Boost your immune system
- Reduce the incidence of injury
- Reduce the risk of muscle cramps and stomach upset
America Dietetic Association
Be cautious when considering the use of a nutrient or food supplement. Ergogenic aids can be found in the form of pills, powders, gels, bars, liquids or injections. Supplements are marketed and used to enhance energy production, enhance exercise performance and/or enhance exercise recovery. The FDA does NOT regulate ergogenic aids/supplements ; therefore, these products may not be tested, may contain elements NOT listed on the label, may be ILLEGAL in the realm of athletics and may not be safe. Implement the TRAFFIC LIGHT SYSTEM when determining whether or not to take an ergogenic aid.
Important websites involving ergogenic aids:
ENERGY DRINKS AND ENERGY SHOTS:
- Red Bull, Monster, Rockstar, Amp, 5-hour Energy, Full Throttle, etc.
- Drinks containing excessive amounts of caffeine, as well as vitamins (mainly of the B complex), herbs (generally ginseng, ginko biloba, taurine) and sugar or sugar substitute
- Many contain same amount of caffeine as coffee; however, are consumed much more quickly and at higher frequency due to cooler temperature and sweetness leading to ingestion of much greater amounts of caffeine and negative side effects
- Vitamins found in drinks help the body derive energy from FOOD, but do NOT provide energy
- These drinks are NOT regulated by the FDA and the United States does NOT require manufacturer’s to list all ingredients, leading to possible lethal effects
- Dangerous when combined with certain medications (i.e. stimulants used to treat ADHD), taken prior to exercise or mixed with alcohol
- Numerous cases of cardiac arrest have been documented.
NEGATIVE SIDE EFFECTS:
- Muscle Cramps
- Increased Body Temperature
- Increased Blood Pressure
- Heart Palpitations
- Abnormal Heart Rhythms
- Heart Attack
Related Area and Links
Athletic training is often a misunderstood profession. Learn more about athletic trainers – who we are, what we do and where we work by perusing the following websites.
National Athletic Trainers’ Association website
Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association website
New York State Athletic Trainers’ Association website
What is an Athletic Trainer?
Athletic Training Education http://www.nata.org/consumer/docs/EducationalOverviewRevised_final_011008.pdf
FACTS about Athletic Trainers
Athletic Trainers vs. Personal Trainers http://www.nata.org/consumer/docs/ATs_vs_PersonalTrainers_final08.pdf