MPS Sports Talk: Informed Consent

MPS Sports Talk: Informed Consent


Hi, I’m Bruce Cooper from Channel 12 and
a former student athlete at Westwood High School. Welcome to the Athletic Informed Consent video. Now the purpose of this video is to inform parents and students of the
benefits and risks of athletic participation so that they can make an
informed decision about whether to participate and what can be done to
reduce the risk of injury. Numerous studies have shown that
athletes who participate in athletics and other extracurricular activities
learn lifelong lessons of teamwork, self-discipline, and acquire greater
social skills. Students who participate in Interscholastic activities also tend to stay in school, perform better academically than
non-participating students, and have a higher rate of enjoyment of their high
school experience. While there are many great benefits to participation there are also risks involved. The most
common types of injuries are general trauma injuries such as abrasions
sprains and strains. There are always risks of catastrophic injuries such as
spinal cord or brain injuries. While great care is taken to prevent and treat
injuries, they still do at times occur. Because concussions are an inherent risk
to all athletic activities, the possibility of neurological damage,
traumatic brain injuries, are particularly serious and warrant
attention. These are risks every student-athlete
and parent must consider. Please do so carefully. These are risks that can’t be
ignored. Now that we have identified the benefits
and risks, let’s take a look at what can be done to minimize the risk of injury. It
is important that your athlete knows and understands the rules of the game they
are participating in. By knowing what techniques are illegal, the athlete can keep themself from jeopardizing the safety of their opponent as well as themselves.
Many rules have been put in place by the National Federation of High Schools to
decrease the risk of injury. Along with physical training, don’t
neglect a proper diet as an important source in injury prevention. To become the most fit and healthiest
athlete, make sure you fuel the body appropriately. Eat a proper diet and
avoid harmful substances such as alcohol, tobacco, and drugs including
performance-enhancing drugs such as steroids. Water consumption is vital for
any athlete. Your body must be hydrated throughout the day not just at practice. Athletes should consume plenty of water before, during,
and after practice, and also at home. It is important that student athletes with their coach know
of any injury that may have occurred during practice or event. Athletes should notify the coach and or
athletic trainer of any symptoms and how it may have occurred. It is important that
the equipment you use fits and works properly. During the course of a year,
equipment can become damaged. It can become broken even with proper use. Always inspect your equipment. If anything is broken, make sure you get with your coach. Now
that we have highlighted the benefits and the risks involved and ways of
minimizing those risk, let’s briefly address some of the other topics. Athletic
programs help educate students in values of discipline, teamwork, and
respect for rules. Schools and athletic teams may adopt
codes of conduct for team members both at school and in the community. Players must comply with conduct standards, team rules, and the academic eligibility requirement. Failure to do so may result in
disciplinary action including a suspension or dismissal from the team.
Our schools prohibit hazing, harassment and bullying. Any concerns should be
reported to the coach or athletic director. Proper behavior and
sportsmanship are expected to be demonstrated by our athletes, coaches and fans. Failure to act appropriately may result
in being removed from not only the current event, but possible future
contests. Spectators are not allowed on the court or field at any time during a
contest. Thanks for taking the time to view this
informed consent video. We hope that you will weigh the benefits and risks of
athletic participation and make your own choice for you and your family. Good luck. And I hope you have a healthy
and enjoyable athletic seasons.

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