Please consider participating in the National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance Study, where you can help move toward the goal of reducing the rate and severity of sports-related injuries among high school athletes.
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Committee Liaison – Richard Pearson, MIAA, Associate Director
Committee Chair – Dr. Alan Ashare, Physician
Mr. Sean Mackin, Athletic Director, Chicopee PS
Mr. David Stratton, Athletic Director, Agawam HS
Mr. Michael Rubin, Principal, Uxbridge HS
Mr. Kevin May, Athletic Director, Oxford HS
Mr. Jason Gilmartin, Assistant Principal, Quabbin RHS
Mr. James Scanlon, Athletic Director, Shepherd Hill RHS
Mr. Zack Blaszak, Athletic Director, Central Catholic HS
Ms. Terri Pillsbury, Athletic Director, Saugus HS
Mr. Jahmeela Bai-Gradson, Principal, Neighborhood Charter
Mr. Christian Schatz, Athletic Director, Bishop Feehan HS
Ms. Nicole Bottomley, Principal, Holliston HS
Mr. Thomas Giusti, Athletic Director, Newton North HS
Mr. Ross Thibault, Principal, Dartmouth HS
Mr. Bill Tilden, Athletic Director, Old Rochester RHS
Mr. John Harrison, Principal, Rockland HS
Mr. Justin Domingos, Athletic Director, Pembroke HS
Dr. Kathryn Ackerman, Physician
Dr. Stephen Beaudoin, Physician
Mr. Michael Belanger, Physical Therapist/Athletic Trainer
Dr. Warren A. Bodine, Physician
Dr. Robert Colandreo, Athletic Trainer
Dr. Jorge Fleisher, Physician
Dr. Michael H. Goldstein, Physician
Dr. David Grams, Physical Therapist
Dr. David Greenboltt, Physician
Dr. Mary Jane Hanton, Physician
Ms. Tonya Hautala, Athletic Trainer
Dr. John F. Jardine, Physician
Mr. Chad R. Kelley, Athletic Trainer
Ms. Michelle Kelly, Athletic Trainer
Mr. Robert McQuaid, Physician Assistant
Ms. Nairi Melkonian, Athletic Trainer
Dr. Erin Menard, Physical Therapist
Ms. Kierstin Merlino, Athletic Trainer
Mr. Steve Mirasolo, Athletic Trainer
Mr. Eric Otterson, Physician Assistant
Dr. Gary Peters, Physician
Dr. Drew Rogers, Physician
Dr. Joel Saperstein, Physician
Mrs. Diane Sartanowicz, Clinical Athletic Trainer
Mr. James Scanlon, Athletic Trainer
Mr. Jeff Stone, Athletic Trainer
Ms. Jennifer Sturtevant, Athletic Trainer
Ms. Jennifer Gaudet, MASS
Ms. Katherine Hennessy, MASC
Mr. Ryan Conway, At-Large
October 17, 2022 4:00pm(in person)
February 13, 2023 4:00pm(virtual)
May 8, 2023 4:00pm(in person)
Helpful information regarding Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
DANGEROUS: Food and Drug Administration Says Dietary Supplements containing BD, GBL, and GHB can kill you!
Dangerous products sold as dietary supplements for bodybuilding, weight loss, and sleep aids have been linked to deaths and severe sickness requiring hospitalization. These products are made from chemicals named:
Swallowing any of these ingredients may make you extremely sick and may even kill you.
BD, GBL, and GHB are used to make floor stripper, paint thinner, and other industrial products. FDA determined that dietary supplements containing these chemicals are really unapproved drugs because of the effect they have on the body. It is illegal to sell anything for human consumption that contains GHB, GBL and BD. They can cause breathing problems, coma, vomiting, seizures and sometimes death. GHB, GBL and BD also increase the effects of alcohol and are even more dangerous when taken along with other drugs.
Items that contain BD include Revitalize Plus, Serenity, Enliven, GHRE, SomatoPro, NRG3, Thunder Nectar and Weight Belt Cleaner. GBL product names include: Longevity, Revivarant, G.H. Revitalizer, Gamma G, Blue Nitro, Insom-X, Remforce, Firewater and Invigorate. Previously, FDA warned consumers not to drink the products named Cherry fX Bombs, Lemon fX Drops and Orange fX Rush.
The dangerous products may list 1,4 butanediol, tetramethylene glycol, gamma butyrolactone or 2(3H)-Furanone di hydro on the label – but some products have no label at all.
GBL-related products are listed as “party drugs” on internet sites, advertised in muscle-building magazines, and sold in health food stores as dietary supplements. Some of these products have been used as “date rape” drugs.
In 1990, FDA banned the use of GHB, but some companies switched ingredients to GBL and after warnings about GBL, switched to BD. These are all very similar chemicals which the body converst to GHB with the same dangerous effects. GBL-related products have been linked to at least 122 serious illnesses reported to FDA — including three deaths.
For more information contact the Food and Drug Administration at 1-888-INFO-FDA or visit their website.
Reprinted with permission from NCAA and NSSL, for informational purposed only.
Lightning is the most consistent and significant weather hazard that may affect interscholastic athletics. Within the United States, the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) estimates that 100 fatalities and 400-500 injuries requiring medical treatment occur from lightning strikes every year. While the probability of being struck by lightning is extremely low, the odds are significantly greater when a storm is in the area and the proper safety precautions are not followed.
Prevention and education are the keys to lightning safety. Education begins with background information on lightning. The references associated with this guideline are an appropriate resource. Prevention should begin long before any interscholastic athletic event or practice. The following steps are recommended by the NSSL to mitigate the lightning hazard:
Safe structure or location is defined as:
Lightning awareness should be increased with the first flash of lightning or the first clap of thunder, no matter how far away. This activity must be treated as a wake-up call to interscholastic athletic personnel. The most important aspect to monitor is how far away the lightning is occurring, and how fast the storm is approaching, relative to the distance of a safe shelter.
Specific lightning-safety guidelines have been developed for the NCAA with the assistance of the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL).
Note: Commercial weather warning services with sophisticated cloud-to-ground lightning detection devices are available. They may offer a cost effective, efficient method of making accurate, timely decisions on location and movement of lightning storms. Such devices are helpful in making decisions regarding stoppage of play, practice, evacuation, and return to activity.