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CIAC Distributes Cold Water Immersion Tubs to 74 Schools

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference announced today the distribution of cold water immersion tubs to 74 CIAC member schools throughout Connecticut. The tubs will be used by school athletic departments as a means of emergency treatment for athletes who incur heat illness brought on through participation in sports.

New emergency medical guidance requires that victims of heat illness are cooled as soon as possible in order to prevent serious consequences which could be life threatening. Nearly all other serious emergencies and injuries require stabilization and rapid transport to the hospital. Schools contract with local EMT services for that transportation. The revised guidelines still require calling 911 immediately, however the new regulations stipulate that for heat illness the victim’s body temperature must be lowered before transportation.

“The best way to lower body temperature for a victim of heat illness is to submerge the athlete in a cold water tub filled with ice,” said Marc Aceto, athletic trainer at East Haven High School. “Having a cold water immersion tub in proximity to athletic practices and contest venues is an essential part of all high school athletic emergency action plans.”

“We at the CIAC make student safety our first priority,” said CIAC Executive Director Glenn Lungarini. “We are glad to purchase and distribute these tubs to our schools that need them in order to help them keep kids safe during an emergency.”

The CIAC surveyed schools about their needs to fulfill an emergency action plan at each school. Athletic directors indicated that there was a need to acquire new tubs as the guidelines had changed. For those schools who didn’t have a tub, the CIAC provided one. The CIAC purchased the tubs with support from H.W. Hine Hardware in Cheshire, an ACE Hardware affiliate.

Aceto, who serves as the liaison to the Connecticut Athletic Trainers Association (CATA) for the CIAC, along with Samantha Scarneo-Miller, from the Korey Stringer Institute advised the CIAC in preparing a new Medical Handbook. The handbook was distributed to all CIAC schools last summer and includes a sample Emergency Action Plan with up-to-date guidelines for treating athletes suffering from heat illness.

CATA president Perry Siegel who serves on the CIAC Sports Medical Committee along with other members of the CATA offered to distribute the tubs to schools who were not able to pick them up at H.W. Hine, an undertaking that began on November 5th.

Lungarini was quick to recognize the collaborative effort; “CATA, The Korey Stringer Institute and the CIAC Staff all worked together to provide current information and support to our member school athletic departments. We want all of our schools to have the most up-to-date training and to be prepared for all athletic emergencies.”

 

 

Pictured left to right are Perry Siegel CATA President, Matt Petuch Store Manager at H.W. Hine Hardware in Cheshire, Marc Aceto athletic trainer from East Haven High School, and Glenn Lungarini CIAC Executive Director.

CIAC Fall Sports Update Following CIAC Board of Control Meeting

CHESHIRE, Conn. – At its September 3 meeting, the CIAC Board of Control reviewed DPH’s response to its August 28 letter requesting support of (1) modifications which lower the risk of indoor volleyball; (2) low to moderate risk activities in football; and (3) an opportunity to re-assess the viability high risk full contact football basedContinue Reading

CIAC Fall Sports Plan Update Press Conference

CIAC Fall Sports Plan Update Press Conference

CIAC Executive Director Glenn Lungarini held a press conference at the CIAC office on Thursday, August 27 to provide an update on the CIAC Fall Sports Plan. The full press conference is available in three parts below.   

CIAC August 23, 2020 Update on Fall Sports

CIAC August 23, 2020 Update on Fall Sports

CHESHIRE, Conn – In alignment with positive discussions with the Connecticut Department of Public Health, the CIAC Board of Control voted at its Sunday meeting to restart conditioning for all fall sports. On Monday, August 24, schools may return to the conditioning activities that were being conducted since July 6.  On Saturday, August 29, schools may beginContinue Reading

CIAC August 21, 2020 Press Release

CIAC August 21, 2020 Press Release

CHESHIRE, Conn. – The CIAC Board of Control met this morning to review last night’s discussion with the DPH and establish a timeline for decisions on the start of fall sports. The CIAC has requested that the DPH consider allowing our member schools to resume the non-contact conditioning workouts which they have been conducting sinceContinue Reading

CIAC 8-20-20 Update Following DPH Meeting

CIAC 8-20-20 Update Following DPH Meeting

CHESHIRE, Conn. – The CIAC met virtually this evening with the Connecticut Department of Public Health. The more than two-hour meeting demonstrated the commitment that both the CIAC and DPH share in providing safe, meaningful, interscholastic athletic experiences for our students. The meeting allowed the CIAC to better understand the change in DPH’s position andContinue Reading

Fall Sports Update – Board of Control Meeting 8-14-20

Fall Sports Update – Board of Control Meeting 8-14-20

CHESHIRE, Conn. – The CIAC Board of Control met today to discuss the communication received from the Connecticut Department of Public Health yesterday. Following today’s CIAC Board of Control meeting, the board extended an invitation to DPH to meet in the coming week to discuss its recommendations for interscholastic athletics. CIAC will look to emphasizeContinue Reading

CIAC Statement Following Release of DPH Position

CIAC Statement Following Release of DPH Position

CHESHIRE, Conn. – The CIAC appreciates the detailed position provided by DPH this morning on the topic of fall interscholastic athletics. As has been stated throughout this process, the Board of Control will review any new information as soon as it becomes available, and it will be doing that with these recommendations in detail. After reviewingContinue Reading

CIAC Fall Sports Plans

CHESHIRE, Conn. – The CIAC has released its plan for a return to interscholastic athletics this fall. A point of emphasis throughout the development of this plan is the fluid nature of planning around COVID. While sports in Connecticut have been successfully running since late June, with COVID health metrics in our state improving alongContinue Reading

CIAC Resocialization of Interscholastic Athletics & Activities Guidance

CHESHIRE, Conn. – The CIAC, in conjunction with the Connecticut State Medical Society Sports Medicine Committee, has released guidance for the resocialization of interscholastic athletics and activities programs. The document was also vetted by CAPSS, CABE, CAAD, and the CATA. The document is intended to provide guidance on considerations for safely returning to interscholastic athleticsContinue Reading