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Dux News · Annual Pre-Participation Physical Exam (PPE) Night


Attention all 2017-2018 prospective 6-12th grade athletes and parents!
Zeeland Public Schools will be hosting our annual Pre-participation Physical Exam (PPE) Night on:

April 19th
at
Shoreline Orthopaedics
370 120th Avenue #20, Holland MI, 49424
Between Lakewood and James on 120th Ave

This serves as an affordable option for athletes to receive the annual pre-participation physical exam that is required to participate in athletics.  This PPE, however, is not intended to replace a more thorough annual physical provided by your primary-care physician for medical and insurance purposes.  The PPE is only intended to provide student-athletes an affordable option to meet MHSAA requirements for athletic participation.

All PPEs are $15 dollars.  CASH ONLY!!!  No health insurance of any kind is required to attend.  Athletes/parents must print the PPE form, attached below or found under the DUX HQ tab under Forms, and complete the first and last pages prior to coming to the event.  Parents do not need to stay if pages 1 and 3 are complete.  No appointment is necessary. However, time slots have been assigned based on last name to cut down on wait times.  Please try to come during your designated time or you may experience a longer wait.  The designated time slots are listed below.

Last names beginning with:
A-E: 6:00 – 6:30 PM
F-J: 6:30 – 7:00 PM
K-O: 7:00 – 7:30 PM
P-T: 7:30 – 8:00 PM
U-Z: 8:00 – 8:30 PM

Please print and complete the form below!

Pre-Participation Physical Form

For questions please contact:
Jason Burgess, the East Athletic Trainer
616.748.3129 or jburgess@zps.org
Diana Albers, the West Athletic Trainer
616.748.4543 or dalbers@zps.org


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Dux News · Keep Calm and find your Athletic Trainer


 

Did you know that Athletic Trainers have specific education on how to handle emergencies and acute injuries?  

A great deal of an athletic trainer’s job is dedicated to emergency preparedness and injury prevention.

Here are some specific examples of what your athletic trainer has done:

  • Coordinate Zeeland’s annual Pre-participation Physical Exams, to help ensure that all athletes healthy and are ready for sports participation.
  • Develop and implement Emergency Action Plans for all Zeeland West sporting venues.  These give specific instructions on how to respond in an emergency situation so the injured person gets the quickest care possible.
  • CPR and AED training for coaches.
  • Maintenance of high school AEDs, regularly checking the AEDs to ensure they are functioning properly and ready to use.
  • Monitoring environmental conditions such as heat index, lightening and athlete hydration levels.
  • Participation in Holland Hospital’s annual Emergency Preparedness Drill held each summer.  This drill brings together area emergency responders (EMTs, Fire departments, local police, physicians and athletic trainers) to simulate emergencies that might be seen in an athletic venue.
  • Work with individual teams and coaches to include some additional injury prevention strategies specific to that person or sport.
  • Education of athletes on proper nutrition, hydration and infectious disease transmission prevention.

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Dux News · March is National Athletic Training Month


March is

National Athletic Training Month  

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Keep watch here for more information about athletic training and the role an athletic trainer plays in high school sports.  


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Dux News · Pre-participation Physical Exams (PPEs)


Attention all 2016-2017
6-12th grade athletes and parents!

Zeeland Public Schools will be hosting our Annual Pre-Participation Exam (PPE) Night on:

April 27th

at
Shoreline Orthopaedics
370 120th Avenue #20, Holland MI, 49424
(Between Lakewood and James on 120th Ave)

This serves as an affordable option for athletes to receive the Annual Pre-Participation Exam that is required to participate in athletics.  Pre-Participation Exams are not intended to replace a more thorough annual physical provided by your primary-care physician for medical and insurance purposes.  The PPE is only intended to provide student-athletes an affordable option to meet MHSAA requirements for athletic participation.

All PPEs are $15 dollars.  CASH ONLY!!!  No health insurance is required to attend.  Athletes/parents must print the PPE form (attached below or found under the DUX HQ tab in the forms section at www.zeelandwestsports.com) and complete the first two pages prior to coming to the event.  Parents do not need to stay if the first two pages are complete.  No appointment is necessary. However, time slots have been assigned based on last name to cut down on wait times.  Please try to come during your designated time or you may experience a longer wait.  The designated time slots are listed below.

 

Last names beginning with:

A-E: 6:00 – 6:30 PM

F-J: 6:30 – 7:00 PM

K-O: 7:00 – 7:30 PM

P-T: 7:30 – 8:00 PM

U-Z: 8:00 – 8:30 PM

 PPE’s are provided by local providers and healthcare professionals who volunteer their time and services to support the needs of our community.  Money collected from PPE’s is utilized to purchase medical supplies, equipment and other items needed to support our athletic programs.

Please print and complete the form below!

Pre-Participation Exam Form

For questions please contact:

Diana Albers, the West Athletic Trainer
616.748.4543 or dalbers@zps.org

 


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Dux News · Spring Sport Athletes


Attention spring sport athletes!

With spring sports less than 2 weeks away be sure to stop in the athletic office to pick up your ZAC (Zeeland Athletic Card), your passport to play.  You must turn one into your coach on the first day of practice/try-outs in order to participate in any way.

If I played a sport already this year, do I need to pick up my ZAC again?

YES, each season you are required to pick up your ZAC again since you have to hand it to your coach of the first day of practice.

Where can I get my ZAC?

Stop into the athletic office during the 2 weeks prior to your season to get your card.

What makes up the ZAC?

  • A current physical on file (must be on or after April 15, 2015)
  • Your baseline ImPACT test completed (Freshmen, Juniors and Seniors or if you didn’t take it last year then you must take it again this year)
  • Understanding concussions form signed (once during your 4 years in high school)
  • Academic eligibility
  • No code violations

How can I take the ImPACT test?

Sign-up on the link below for a testing time and location, tests can be taken at east or west.

http://goo.gl/forms/W7xNpgDfAp

For questions contact:

  • The athletic office OR
  • The athletic trainer, Diana Albers at 616.748.4543 or dalbers@zps.org

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Dux News · Spring Sports ImPACT Testing Sign-Up


The following dates and times are for athletes who still need to take their ImPACT test. Athletes may take the test at either school but must sign-up with the link below.  The ImPACT test is a requirement of the ZAC (Zeeland Athletic Card) for more information check out the ZAC page under the DUX HQ or the Athletic Training tabs.

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Tuesday, March 1 @ 4pm in room 118 @ EAST
Wednesday, March 2 @ 4pm in room E-130 @ WEST

Monday March 7 @ 4pm in room 118 @ EAST
Tuesday March 8 @ 4pm in room E-130 @ WEST

Use this link to sign-up:

http://goo.gl/forms/DM8mKqEbJt

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FAQ’s

Who needs to take this?
All incoming freshmen, new or transfer students, juniors or anyone who did not take the test during the 2014-2015 or 2015-2016 academic years. If you are unsure if you need to take the test please contact your athletic trainer below.

What is this for?
The ImPACT test is a baseline test of brain function that will be used if an athlete sustains a concussion to help determine if any brain function is impaired.

I took this test 2 years ago so why do I need to take it again?
Because brains in high school develop at such a quick rate it is recommended that athletes be tested every 2 years to ensure that the baseline test reflects where the brain is currently functioning.

How long will the test take and do I need to bring anything?
The test will take about 45 minutes start to finish. Parents to do not need to stay for the test and you do not need to bring anything with you.

If I go to East do I need to take the test at East?
You may take the test at which ever school you like. There will be a way to indicate on the test which school you attend.

Where is room E-130 at West?
Room E-130 is located in the E2 Wing at West just past the Dux Pond (School Store)

Where is room 118 at East?
Room 118 is located between the main office and the rotunda.

Please be sure to choose a date and time. Testing sessions are subject to change if we don’t have any sign-ups for that particular day and time.

For questions please contact:
Diana Albers, West Athletic Trainer: dalbers@zps.org 616-748-4543
Jason Burgess, East Athletic Trainer: jburgess@zps.org 616-748-3129


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Dux News · Out-of-Season Conditioning ImPACT testing


The final ImPACT testing session for athletes wanting to participate in out-of-season conditioning during the fall season will be:

Monday, October 5 @ 4:00pm in room E-130 at West

There will not be another session until Thursday Oct 29.

Athletes, if you are planning to participate in out-of-season conditioning you must have your Zeeland Athletic Card (ZAC) before you can participate.  As a reminder the ZAC includes:

  • A current physical on file (on or after April 15, 2015)
  • Baseline ImPACT test, this is done as freshmen and junior, or if you did not test last year
  • Understanding Concussion form, this must be filled out only once during your athletic career

For more information see this link: http://zeelandwestsports.com/hq/zac-card-information/

 


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Dux News · Last Chance for ImPACT Testing


ATTENTION FALL ATHLETES!!!

Due to a high demand, there will be two final ImPACT testing sessions offered for those still needing to take it. The testing date and time is as follow…

August 11th @ 5:00 PM

  • Both sessions will be held at West High School in Room E-130

Please follow the link below to sign up for a time!

http://goo.gl/forms/g62yv5yFCd

All athletes must have a valid baseline ImPACT test in order to receive their Zeeland Athletic Card (ZAC).

  • A valid test is one taken within the last two calendar years. Generally, all freshmen and juniors, as well as any students who have yet to play a sport at Zeeland West, must take the test. If you are not sure if you have a valid test please contact your schools athletic trainer for information.

Any ImPACT testing held after these dates will be conducted on an as needed basis. This may result it significant loss of practice/try-out time for those athletes still needing to take it, so it is in your best interest to make it to one of these testing times.

Don’t forget to sign up!


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Dux News · Everything you need to know to be ready for Fall Sports



Attention all Zeeland East and West  

Athletes and Parents:

Both Zeeland East and West Athletic Departments require ALL athletes to have a ZAC (Zeeland Athletic Card) in order to try-out for a sports team. Completed ZAC’s will then be given to your coach (by YOU) on the first day of tryouts or practice. Athletes without a ZAC will not be allowed to participate until they have one.

The ZAC consists of the following items that must be completed prior to tryouts:
• An annual sports physical/health screening (on or after April 15, 2015).
• ImPACT testing (every 2 years)—All freshmen, juniors and athletes who did not take it in the 2014-2015 school year.
• Athletic “Understanding Concussions” Form—this form only needs to be filled out once during your high school career and must be signed by a parent and the athlete.
• Academic Eligibility-checked by the athletic departments each season-no form necessary.
• Athletic Code Violations-checked by the athletic departments each season-no form necessary.

When do I need to have my ZAC card to play fall sports?
• Football starts on Monday, August 10
• All other Fall sports begin on Wednesday, August 12

How do you get your ZAC?
Stop by your home school’s Athletic Office:
• Aug 3rd – 6th (Monday thru Thursday) from 9am-3pm
• Aug 10th & 11th from 9am-3pm
• Football players will have the opportunity to get their ZAC during football camp the week of July 27-30.  The West athletic office will also be open on Aug 10th at 7am for any football players who still need their ZAC before the first practice.  Specific details will be announced at camp.

How do I complete my ImPACT testing?
Please check the zeelandeastsports.com or zeelandwestsports.com websites to sign-up for summer ImPACT testing sessions or follow this link:

http://goo.gl/forms/g62yv5yFCd

Fall athletes should plan to have their ImPACT test completed by August 5th.  Very limited testing times will be offered prior to the winter and spring athletic seasons, so please make every attempt to attend one of our summer sessions. Please note that there will be NO ImPACT testing sessions August 6 & 7.

Where can I get an “Understanding Concussions” Form?
Concussion awareness forms are available on either school’s sports websites, as listed above, under CHIX HQ or DUX HQ in the “Forms” tab.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByQOnETD3yj5WVFrbjJMcktITTg

Where can I get a Physical Screening/Physical Form?
Physical screening forms are also available on either school’s sports websites in the “Forms” tab.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByQOnETD3yj5a1RlMzJfSTU4VFU

What do I do with my ZAC once I have it?
Turn it in to your coach on the first day of practice or tryouts. If you do not have one to hand to your coach you will not be allowed to participate until you do give one to your coach.

What if I don’t play a fall sport, do I still need to get my ZAC?
Zeeland Athletic Cards will be required for all seasons. It is recommended that you complete your ImPACT testing in the summer, complete your “Understanding Concussions” form and physical form as soon as possible. However, if you are not playing a fall sport, the card will be kept until your season as academic eligibility and code violations will need to be verified each season.

What if I get my card for a fall sport and decide not to play?
All cards have an expiration date and if not used by that date they will be invalid. Cards can be turned back in to the athletic department.

What if I lost my card?
Please see your home school athletic department to obtain a new card. There is a $1 replacement fee for lost cards.


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Dux News · Summer ImPACT Testing Sign-up


The following dates and times are for athletes who still need to take their ImPACT test. Please use the form below to sign-up for a testing date and time.

http://goo.gl/forms/utz3WKqhK4

You will NOT receive an automated response when you register, if you are concerned that the form may not have worked please contact your athletic trainer.

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August 4 (Tuesday): 9am
August 5 (Wednesday): 4pm

All testing will be held in room E-130 at WEST
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FAQ’s

Who needs to take this?
All incoming freshmen, new or transfer students, juniors or anyone who did not take the test during the 2014-2015 school year. If you are unsure if you need to take the test please contact your athletic trainer (contact info below).

What is this for?
The ImPACT test is a baseline test of cognitive brain function that will be used if an athlete sustains a concussion to help determine if any brain function is impaired.

I took this test 2 years ago so why do I need to take it again?
Because brains in high school develop at such a quick rate it is recommended that athletes be tested every 2 years to ensure that the baseline test reflects where the brain is currently functioning.

How long will the test take and do I need to bring anything?
The test will take about 45 minutes start to finish. Parents to do NOT need to stay for the test and you do not need to bring anything with you.

Where is room E-130 at West?
Room E-130 is located in the E2 Wing at West just past the Dux Pond (School Store)

Please be sure to choose a date and time. Testing sessions are subject to change if we don’t have any sign-ups for that particular day and time.

For questions please contact:
Jason Burgess, East Athletic Trainer: jburgess@zps.org 616-748-3129
Diana Albers, West Athletic Trainer: dalbers@zps.org 616-748-4543