The health and well-being of our players is of the utmost importance to AHAI. As in the previous 6 years, AHAI has retained Athletico Physical Therapy to provide Certified Athletic Trainers (AT) at State Tournament games. You will see Athletico ATs on site at all Girls 14U through 19U Tier 1 and Tier 2 State round robin and final games, Tier 1 and Tier 2 Bantam, Midget and High School State round robin game sites, and Tier I Championship Series games at Mount Prospect Ice Arena. Finally, Athletico ATs will be in Bensenville for the State Finals for Tier II; due to their arbitrary, short notice nature, coverage cannot be provided for the few High School State “elimination games”.
Athletic trainers will provide consultation, player evaluation and recommendations for all potential injury and head trauma incidents. It should be noted that any player removed from a game for a concussion or head trauma will be subject to standard concussion protocols. The player must be cleared for play by the Athletico staff on site, or have a written confirmation from a doctor or certified athletic trainer, 24 hours after the incident, before he or she can return to play. This is of course for the player’s own safety. Good luck to you and your team in State! – AHAI Board of Directors