Catastrophic Incident Policy


Catastrophic Incident Policy 

I.    Definition of Catastrophic Incident

  • Sudden Death of a Student Athlete, Coach or Staff Member
    • Death during competition, practice or conditioning
    • Death during travel, College related or personal.
    • Non-athletic accidents (e.g. fall at home)
    • Unknown medical problems (e.g. heart attack, stroke)
    • Victim of a crime – homicide.
    • Suicide.
  • Quality-of-Life Altering and Disabling Injuries
    • Either during a Juniata College Athletics Department participation and/or travel, or during non-athletic activities.
    • Spinal cord injury – resulting in paralysis.
    • Loss of Paired Organ
    • Severe Head Injury
    • Injury resulting in severely diminished mental capacity or other neurological trauma that results in inability to perform daily functions (e.g. coma, concussion)
    • Irrecoverable loss of speech, hearing (both ears), sight (both eyes), either or both arms or legs.

II.    Catastrophic Injury Management Group for Athletics

  • Director of Athletics
  • Head Athletic Trainer
  • SID
  • Dean of Students
  • College Chaplain
  • Faculty Athletics Representative
  • Director of Residential Life
  • Additional personnel as deemed appropriate by the Management Group

III.    Immediate Action Plan

The following action plan will appropriately outline steps to manage a catastrophic incident.  Point person for immediate action can be AD, Assistant AD, SWA, Head Trainer, Game Manager or SID.  While applying these steps, Juniata College Athletics Department Personnel will keep in mind the following:

  • Immediate communica

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