Can you talk about how you ensure the safety regulations are adhered to here in the school?
Well, first of all, we have a great training staff given to us by IU Health and our engagement with IU Health and Methodist Sports Medicine. It’s their responsibility to one; make sure our facilities are safe and two; that our athletes are at their utmost ability to perform in those different contests. We have to put the personnel together first and we’ve done that thru IU Health and Methodist Sports Medicine and then we have additional training for all of our head coaches both in CPR, AED and concussion. It’s now a state law that all students must have a concussion impact test and baseline. We’ve done that for all sports. We even do that for our non-contact sports just in case something would happen and we’d have to have a baseline for that. We have a team physician through IU Health that’s here through the week to review what the athletic trainer’s have done all week. We’ve done things through heat indexes. Thank goodness this summer we haven’t had as much. Really, it’s working hand-in-hand with our training staff.
How important is it to educate athletes at the prep level about PED’s and drug use?
I think they get some of that through their health classes here at the high school. We do communicate that with our head coaches and our athletic training staff. We have a weight lifting program, strength and conditioning program, through coach Bryan Neese that does a good job. He reviews some of those kinds of things as well. Being a student-athlete here we talk about expectations and higher expectations. There is random drug testing and that are the types of things student-athletes are going to be exposed to if, in fact, that happens. It’s not as much at this level, but we do talk about it primarily through strength and conditioning and athletic training.