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The Importance of Having a Pre-Participation Evaluation/Physical Completed (written by Cardinal Glennon SportsCare)

Summer break is almost over and school is about ready to start. That means kids are already starting to get prepared for fall sports with summer camps and conditioning. The most important step in being prepared for the upcoming season is having the PRE-PARTICIPATION EVALUATION/PHYSICAL (PPE) completed. This is the first step in safe athletic participation. All schools require a physician's certificate stating that the individual is physically able to participate in their chosen activity or activities. Per the Missouri State High School Activities Association for the state of Missouri, all PPEs that are dated after February 1 are valid through the next school year. So a PPE that was done after February 1, 2018, is valid through the 2018-2019 school year.

There are benefits of having a PPE performed by the athlete's personal physician. The most beneficial aspect is that the personal physician knows the medical history of the athlete. Also any conditions that are identified can be immediately followed up on and kept in their chart. We recommend that if at all possible for all PPEs to be performed by personal physicians for that purpose. It is very important for there to be a comprehensive medical record of the athlete that includes general medical history, orthopedic issues, and concussions. If your athlete does not have regular pediatrician or family physician, please call your local SSM Health Cardinal Glennon SportsCare liaison at 314-577-5640 and they will be more than happy to help you find a pediatrician or family physician convenient to you to establish care.

This annual physical is used to identify athletes that may be at risk for further injury or illness and to refer those athletes on for additional medical evaluations. It allow the pediatrician or family physician an opportunity to address the medical history, probe for potential issues such as cardiovascular problems, as well as address drug and alcohol use with the athlete and evaluate for any orthopedic issues. They will ask a series of questions related to the athletes history of concussions and concussion symptoms. This is another reason it is important to report all concussions to the athletes family physician so that the medical history is complete.

The specific purpose of the PPE is to identify:

  • Athletes at risk of sudden death
  • Medical conditions such as anemia, amenorrhea, eating disorders, asthma, or hypertension that may require further evaluation and treatment
  • Recent orthopedic injuries or musculoskeletal issues that have not been treated. Athletes can be screened for muscle deficits, range of motion issues and joint instability.
  • At-risk behaviors, such as substance abuse, depression, STDs, or pregnancy.

If your child has had their PPE and has been identified with any issues that need further evaluation and treatment, your local SSM Health Cardinal Glennon SportsCare Liaison, is able to help you with any of those referrals.

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon SportsCare is the premier pediatric sports medicine provider in St. Louis. We provide exclusive, direct access to comprehensive medical providers for young athletes. We offer a 24/7 concierge line that you can call with any questions or to help find any specialist needed. We help parents navigate the healthcare system to ensure your athlete is treated in a timely manner by the correct specialist. Many of our services are offered in multiple locations so that your child can be evaluated and treated close to home.

For more information about SSM Health Cardinal Glennon SportsCare or to find a specialist for your athlete call or text us at 314-577-5640 or visit us at

Dicks Sporting Goods Offers CYCers 20% off August 4th & 5th!

Take advantage of 20% off most items at all St. Louis area Dick's Sporting Goods on August 5th and 6th. This is a great opportunity to save on items you need to start the CYC Soccer and Volleyball seasons.

Simply CLICK HERE and print this coupon to take with you! And remember to thank Dick's for supporting CYC Sports!

Heat and Hydration (by Cardinal Glennon SportsCare)

Children who play sports in hot weather can be at risk for heat illnesses. There are several types of heat illnesses that range in severity, from heat cramps and heat exhaustion to heat stroke. The good news is heat illnesses can be prevented and successfully treated.

Children sweat less than adults, making it harder to cool off. Athletes need to get used to the heat and humidity gradually. Coaches and parents need to be aware of temperature and humidity levels. Practice length, intensity, and equipment can be changed as the levels rise.

Even being a little dehydrated can make an athlete feel bad and play less effectively. It also puts them at risk for more dangerous heat illness. Treatment of dehydration includes moving to a shaded area and drinking fluids. The athlete can participate as soon as symptom free.

Signs & Symptoms:
- Dry mouth
- Thirst
- Irritable or cranky
- Headache
- Bored or disinterested
- Dizziness
- Cramps
- Excessive fatigue
- Not performing as well

Heat cramps are intense muscle spasms that develop after a child has been exercising and has lost large amounts of fluid and salt from sweating. Treatment includes light stretching and massage of cramping muscles and drinking a sports drink to replace the fluid and sodium lost. The athlete may return to activity when the cramp has gone away and they feel up to it.

Signs & Symptoms:
- Intense pain (not associated with an injury)
- Persistent muscle contractions that continue during and after exercise

Heat exhaustion is moderate heat illness that occurs when the athlete continues to participate even after showing ill effects of the heat. Treatment includes moving the athlete to shade. Remove extra clothing or equipment. Cool with fans, cold water, or towels. Have them drink fluids if not nauseated. If the athlete does not improve, take to emergency room. Avoid intense practice until at least after the next day. If seen by a MD, a note releasing and return to play guidelines are needed.

Signs & Symptoms:
- Loss of coordination, dizziness, or fainting
- Dehydration
- Profuse sweating or pale skin
- Headache, nausea, vomitting, or diarrhea
- Stomach cramps or muscle cramps

Heat stroke is severe heat illness that causes a rapid increase in core body temperature that can lead to permanent disability or death if untreated. Treatment includes immediate cooling of athlete and call 911. Begin aggressive whole body cooling by immersing in a tub of cold water. This athlete should not return to play until cleared by a MD and given return to play guidelines.

Signs & Symptoms:
- Increase in core temperature, usually above 104.
- Altered consciousness, seizures, confusion, irrational behavior
- Nausea, vomitting
- Headache, dizziness
- Hot and wet or dry skin
- Increased heart rate, decreased blood pressure, or fast breathing

The best prevention for heat illness is HYDRATION! Indoor athletes need to be aware of this as well.

BEFORE: Athletes should drink 16-24 fl oz. of water within the 2 hours prior to training. At 10-20 minutes prior, they should consume another 8-10 fl oz. of water.

DURING: Athletes should consume approximately 6-12 fl oz. every 10-20 minutes during training. DRINK BEYOND YOUR THIRST!

AFTER: Athletes need to record their weight before and after training. Athletes should replace every pound lost in weight with 16-24 fl oz. of water. This should be consumed within 2 hours of completing training.

Your local SSM Health Cardinal Glennon SportsCare Outreach Liaison is a great resource for keeping our young athletes and students safe. They are able to triage and help facilitate a referral to a physician if necessary. You can reach your local representative at 314-577-5640.

77th Year of CYC Archdiocesan Baseball/Softball Championships Began this Week

The 2018 CYC Archdiocesan Baseball/Softball Championships began on Wednesday and will continue through June 28th. During the week of championships, 47 teams will complete in eight divisions. The North County and South County CYC Districts are hosting the championships, and games will be played at parishes throughout those areas.

You can view tournament information, including brackets, on the CYC Baseball page and the CYC Softball page.

This year marks the 77th anniversary of CYC Baseball/Softball Championships, which were first played in 1941.

We invite you to come out and cheer on the youth of our Archdiocese who proudly represent their teams and parishes!

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