Durham Academy's three certified athletic trainers cover 43 teams across 20 different sports at the Middle School, junior varsity and varsity levels throughout the school year.
Certified athletic trainers are on site for practices and home games to provide injury evaluation, management and rehabilitation. They also provide emergency management and care, concussion management and injury prevention to members of the Durham Academy community.
The sports medicine facility/training room is located inside Kirby Gym on the Upper School campus, with a satellite room located in the Middle School gym.
Durham Academy recognizes the importance of proper concussion recognition, management and safe return-to-learn return-to-play protocols following the injury. A concussion is defined as a traumatic brain injury caused by direct or indirect impact to the head that results in disruption of normal brain function, which may or may not result in loss of consciousness.1 As a member of the North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association, we support and comply with the North Carolina Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness Act as it relates to concussion management and athletics. In accordance with the Act, Durham Academy has adopted the following procedures regarding recognition, treatment and management of concussion.
- Any student-athlete exhibiting any signs or symptoms of concussion shall be immediately removed from activity and referred to the Sports Medicine staff.
- The Sports Medicine staff will evaluate the student-athlete to determine appropriate treatment and/or referral.
- No student-athlete will return to play on the same day that a suspected head injury has occurred, as confirmed by a health care specialist with training in concussion management.
- Any student-athlete with a suspected concussion will be monitored and regularly evaluated by the DA Sports Medicine staff. If necessary, the student-athlete will be referred to a DA Learning Specialist to discuss classroom accommodations as needed.
- Any student-athlete with a suspected concussion will complete a Return-to-Learn plan as necessary.
- Any student-athlete with a suspected concussion will complete a graduated Return-to-Play plan before being fully cleared to re-enter athletic activities. This plan will be supervised by the DA Sports Medicine staff.
- Student-athletes competing in girls & boys soccer, volleyball, field hockey, girls & boys lacrosse, girls & boys basketball will complete a baseline concussion exam prior to participating in their sport. Student-athletes competing in other sports may complete a baseline test if desired and/or recommended by the Sports Medicine staff, parents or family physician.
- All student-athletes, faculty, coaches and parents will receive education and information annually on concussions.
- Durham Academy will review and update the concussion policy annually.
1 Gfeller-Waller NCHSAA School & Athletic Personal Concussion Information Sheet
These are trusted resources used by Durham Academy to help with the evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of concussion related injuries. These resources can provide comprehensive tools, including baseline testing for looking for additional resources beyond those available at Durham Academy.
Cary Family Practice and Sports Medicine Concussion Clinic
Concussion Clinic Hotline: 919-238-2017
3700 NW Cary Parkway
Cary, NC 27513
Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic at UNC-Chapel Hill
2207 Stallings-Evans Sports Medicine Complex
Campus Box 8700
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8700