In Case of Injury or Illness:
- All medical concerns, no matter how minor they appear, MUST be reported to the medical emergency personnel located at the competition venues and on the Villanova University campus at the Operations Center (West Lounge) in Dougherty Hall.
- If the condition is severe, stay with the athlete or person who needs assistance. Do not move the patient.
- Have someone seek help at the nearest emergency medical station. Send someone to find the athlete’s coach immediately.
- If we cannot find the HOD for that delegation then we will try to reach him by cell phone or pager or leave a message at the respective hotel.
- HOD/coach must fill out an incident report in case of injury and submit it to the appropriate SOPA liaison.
Night Injury or Illness:
If an illness or injury occurs during the night, the head of delegation is to report directly to the medical committee present at the hotel. You will be notified of these room numbers when you check into the hotel and at the first HOD meeting.
Medical Assistance Locations:
There will be a medical assistance location at each venue and one central facility on the Villanova University campus at the Operations Center, the West Lounge in Dougherty Hall. Medical assistance will also be available at the hotels during the evening. There will also be an ambulance on campus to assist with any greater injuries or emergencies to transport them to Bryn Mawr Hospital.
Medical Forms & Recording Procedures:
Medical records for the athletes will be kept on-site and will be accessible to medical personnel at all times. Coaches must have copies of their athletes’ medical release forms with them at all times or in the respective athlete’s credential holder.
Coaches should notify the parent or guardian of an injured athlete when a serious injury occurs. In case of hospitalization, records of the incident will be completed in accordance with EMT protocol and held in the Fall Festival Games file and forwarded to ASIS.
It is the responsibility of each coach, not the athlete escorts, to make sure that the athletes requiring medication have enough for the weekend and take it as prescribed. Remember to keep track of the time and dosage in case of medical emergency.
It is Special Olympics’ intent to take steps to help ensure the health and safety of all Special Olympics participants. All Special Olympics participants should remember that safety comes first and should take reasonable steps to help minimize the risks for concussion or other serious brain injuries.
Effective January 1, 2015, a participant who is suspected of sustaining a concussion in a practice, game or competition shall be removed from practice, play or competition at that time. If a qualified medical professional is available on-site to render an evaluation, that person shall have final authority as to the removal or return to play of the participant. If applicable, the participant’s parent or guardian should be made aware that the participant is suspected of a concussion.
A balanced diet is essential to an athlete’s performance at the Festival. The diet should contain extra carbohydrates, fresh fruits and vegetables prior to and during the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Fall Festival, along with a normal intake of salt. Athletes should be discouraged from eating greasy, fried, or fatty foods during the Festival. Don’t allow your athletes to overeat, especially before competition. Water stations will be provided at each venue site to help prevent dehydration.
Have your athletes properly stretch with warm-up exercises before the competition. Five minutes of stretching prevents muscle pulls, strains and other injuries that may occur if these exercises are not performed. Each competition site will have warm-up areas where the athletes can stretch before competing.