Sports Medicine at Upper Dauphin Area involves the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehablitation of athletic injuries. These activities are under the supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) that is contracted from CPRS Rehabilitation Services. Our current Athletic Trainer is Kristin Lyons, LAT, ATC, EMR.


Prior to participating in official practices or contests for a given sport, the student-athlete must have a pre-participation physical examination. The physical examination must be documented on the PIAA physical form (CIPPE). The physical examination must be completed after June 1st leading into the new school year. You are encouraged to have the physical exam done by your family physician in conjunction with your child’s annual well-child examination. If you are unable to schedule an exam with your family physician or do not have insurance, you can schedule an appointment using one of two options. Pinnacle Health Sports Medicine has two locations (Harrisburg and Mechanicsburg). The cost of the physical is $25 and you must make an appointment beforehand by calling (717) 791-2620. You may also schedule an appointment at the Lykens Family Practice Center. The cost of the physical will depend on whether you are an existing patient of the Family Practice Center. Please make an appointment by calling (717) 453-1073. Please note that sports physicals do not receive preferential appointments and you should not wait until the last minute to schedule. Please complete the PIAA physical form (CIPPE), Sections 1-5, prior to arriving for your appointment.


ImPACT Testing is a neurocognitive assessment tool that allows for improved diagnosis and management of concussion injuries. At Upper Dauphin Area, a student is required to take the baseline test the first time they come out for a sport. Student-athletes must then retake the test in 9th and 11th grades. The assessment includes a baseline test which measures the student-athletes current status and provides a baseline to measure against if a concussion injury does occur. If a concussion occurs, the student-athlete will retake the test until the measurements return to baseline levels. The ATC will perform this evaluation and provide information about ImPACT levels to the primary care physician or specialist.


Some student-athletes play more than one sport. If a student-athlete plays more than one sport, he or she does not have to have a pre-participation physical examination or ImPACT test redone for a subsequent sport in the same school-year as long as he or she was not injured in the prior sports season. If the student-athlete was not injured since the pre-participation physical examination was completed, then the parent and student must only complete Section 7: Re-Certification by Parent/Guardian in order for the student-athlete to participate in the next season in the current school-year. However, if the student-athlete was injured, they must still follow the procedures outline in the Return to Play section on this page.



If an injury occurs during a game or practice, the initial evaluation will be completed by the most qualified person present. This is usually the ATC. If the ATC is not present, the Head Coach or Athletic Director will contact the ATC and ask her to evaluate the injury. The ATC will also complete an accident report. The ATC may recommend severl different courses of action that may include evaluation by a physician or specialist. In an emergency situation, the student-athlete will be transported to a hospital for emergency treatment. If a parent takes the student-athlete to a physician or emergency room without the prior recommendation of the ATC, AD or Head Coach, the parent must notify the Head Coach or ATC within 24 hours of the visit to the doctor.


When a student-athlete is injured, the ATC will provide rehabilitation services or will refer the student-athlete to physical therapy. When not at physical therapy, the student-athlete is still expected to attend practice and perform those activities that the ATC clears them to perform. Return to play is usually a process that begins with basic activity and is completed when the student-athlete can perform full activity at pre-injury levels. Student-athletes are expected to perform the recommendations of the ATC because their return to play may be hindered if they do not follow those recommendations.


If a student-athlete is evaluated by the ATC and not referred for further evaluation by a physician, the ATC may clear the student-athlete to return to play. However, if the student-athlete is evaluated by a physician or other health care provider, the student-athlete must have the physician complete Section 8: Re-Certification by Licensed Physician of Medicine or Osteopathic Medicine. The ATC has FINAL authority over return to play when it comes to athletic injuries. Even though parents may say that their child is alright to participate, they do not have the ability to override the ATC.


Student-athletes are covered by accident insurance while participating in and traveling to and from scheduled games and practice sessions (using District transportation). If a student is injured, parents will receive information about the insurance claims process including a enrollment form.


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