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"Health and success in school are interrelated. Schools cannot acheive their primary mission of education if students and staff are not healthy and fit physically, mentally and socially."

- National Association of State Boards of Education

Certified Athletic Trainer: Jamie-Lynne Farias, ATC, LAT

  • Mrs. Farias graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Northeastern University in April, 2005.  She has been Nationally Certified and Licensed in Massachusetts as a Certified Athletic Trainer since July 2005. She has been the Athletic Trainer in Millis since February 2006.
  • Contact info: If you need to contact Mrs. Farias, please call the athletic training room at 508-376-7087 or by e-mail at jfarias@millisps.org ; All coaches have her cell phone number, in case of emergency.
  • Office hours: Monday-Friday from 2 p.m. until the end of that day's games and practices (subject to change as needed).  The athletic training room is located upstairs from the school's weight room. 


Injury policy:  All injuries should be reported to the athletic trainer, as soon as possible, by the athlete and/or their coach.  The athletic trainer will evaluate the injury and make an assessment as to the type and severity and treat accordingly.  Then she will determine whether the athlete can return to play, or if they need furthur care outside of the athletic training room (i.e. at an emergency room, X-ray, primary care physician or orthopedic physican) The athletic trainer will notify the athletes parents and refer them to the appropriate place.

Doctor's notes:  Anytime an athlete sees a physican during the season for an injury or illness, whether they are referred by the athletic trainer or they go on their own, a doctor's note stating what they were seen for and when they can return to play must be given to the athletic trainer.  The note should also state any activity restrictions the doctor wants (an example would be for football, an athlete may be cleared to return to running and conditioning, but not contact).  This also goes for if they are being followed by a physician prior to the start of a season (i.e. had an injury or surgery in the offseason), they will need physican clearance to begin their sport.  The notes should ALWAYS go directly to the athletic trainer so that she can review them and follow the doctor's instructions.

Certified Athletic Trainers are typically responsible for:

  • Determining an athletes readiness to participate in sports.
  • Promoting safe and appropriate practice and competition.
  • Advise on the selection of athletic equipment.
  • Developing and implementing a comprehensive emergency action plan.
  • Developing injury prevention strategies.
  • Provide on-site evaluation and immediate care of injuries.

Team Orthopedic Surgeon:
Dr. Agam A. Shah, MetroWest-Newton-Wellesley Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Practice website:
http://www.mwnwortho.com
Offices: Natick (508) 655-0471; Newton (617)527-5040; and Framingham (508)879-6662

Millis refers Orthopedic injuries to Dr. Shah. Our certified athletic trainer is in close contact with Dr. Shah and can assist you with getting a priority appointment for your athlete. (Make sure he is covered by your insurance plan, prior to making an appointment.)


HOT TOPIC: MRSA VIRUS

What is MRSA?

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is an antibiotic resistant bacterium. At one time, most staph infections could be easily treated, when necessary, with several antibiotics. Today there are some staph that are resistant to some antibiotics, and must be treated using different kinds of antibiotics.

Why is MRSA a problem for school athletics departments?

There are several reasons why school athletics professionals are concerned about MRSA.

• First, in Massachusetts and elsewhere throughout the country, MRSA infections are becoming more common in community settings, including schools and among athletes.

• Second, staph (including MRSA) are spread by direct contact (see below for more on how MRSA is spread). On athletic teams, there are many opportunities for direct contact among athletes.

• Third, a MRSA outbreak can cause much anxiety for parents, athletes and staff, and MRSA infections can vary from mild to severe.

• Finally, MRSA is part of a larger problem of antibiotic resistance.


How is MRSA spread?

Staph, including MRSA, are spread by direct skin-to-skin contact, such as shaking hands, wrestling, or other direct contact with the skin of another person. Staph are also spread by contact with items that have been touched by people with staph, like towels shared after bathing and drying off, or shared athletic equipment in the gym or on the field.

Most people who have staph or MRSA on their skin do not have infections or illness caused by staph. These people are “colonized” with staph. Staph infections start when staph get into a cut, scrape or other break in the skin. People who have skin infections should be very careful to avoid spreading their infection to others. Steps to prevent spread are listed below.

What are the symptoms of an infection caused by MRSA?

MRSA is a type of staph, so the symptoms of a MRSA infection and the symptoms of an infection due to other staph are the same. Pimples, rashes, pus-filled boils, especially when warm, painful, red or swollen, can indicate a staph skin infection. Impetigo is one example of a skin infection that can be caused by staph, including MRSA.

How are MRSA infections treated?

Most MRSA infections are treated by good wound and skin care: keeping the area clean and dry, washing hands after caring for the area, carefully disposing of any bandages, and allowing the body to heal.

Sometimes treatment requires the use of antibiotics. If antibiotics are needed, it is important to use the medication as directed unless a healthcare provider says to stop. If the infection has not improved within a few days after seeing the healthcare provider, the athlete should contact the provider again.

What should I do if an athlete in my school is reported to have MRSA?

Precautions:

• Treat any draining wound as a potential MRSA infection.

• Make sure the wound is fully covered at all times, especially if the athlete participates in direct contact with other athletes.

• Encourage the athlete to be evaluated by a healthcare provider.

• Inform the healthcare provider of the possibility of MRSA.

Caring for MRSA:

• Instruct the athlete to practice frequent handwashing and to carry and use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.

• Permit the athlete to participate in team activities, but make sure the wound is fully covered at all times.

• Do not allow an athlete with a MRSA infection to use any whirlpools or hot tubs.

• Encourage the athlete to follow good hygienic practices—washing hands, showering, and regularly laundering clothes.

• Clean sports equipment or any part of the athletic area that may come in contact with the wound with commercial disinfectant or fresh solution of diluted bleach before any other athlete comes in contact with the equipment or area.

• Use clean, non-sterile gloves when caring for the wound or touching any broken skin.

• Remove gloves promptly after use and discard before touching uncontaminated items and surfaces and before treating another athlete.

• Wash hands immediately after contact with the wound or broken skin even if gloves were worn.

• Wash hands between tasks and procedures on the same athlete to prevent cross-contamination of different body sites.

• Cover treatment tables. Discard or launder coverings after each use.

• Place disposable items that have come in contact with the infected site in a separate trash bag, and secure the bag before placing in the common garbage.

• Do not give other team members prophylactic antibiotics.

For more information on MRSA go to:
http://www.mass.gov/dph/cdc/antibiotic/antibiotic_home.htm

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