The Intramural Sports Staff would like to welcome each and every child to participate in our Intramural Sports Program. The Intramural Sports Program is a free after-school activity and is offered to all students.
Students are encouraged to attend both of the scheduled days but it is not a requirement. Students may also sign up for more than one activity within each season and may attend up to four days a week.
Students will need to wear sneakers and athletic clothing in order to participate.
Each sport will be held from 3:20-4:15 p.m. Activity buses will be available to take students home at 4:15 p.m. Students will not be allowed to leave the activity areas prior to the 4:15 p.m. dismissal unless a signed note from a parent/guardian is provided ahead of time.
Please know that your child will not be allowed to participate in our Intramural Sports Program without a signed permission slip that includes updated parental contact information.
If you have any questions concerning the intramural sports program, please call 703-706-4550 and ask for Mr. Sonoda, Campus Director of Intramural Sports.
Activities and Schedules by Season
Monday: Rugby and Softball
Tuesday: Rugby and Softball
Wednesday: Floor Hockey
Thursday: Floor Hockey
Monday: Flag Football and Volleyball
Tuesday: Track and Field
Wednesday: Flag Football and Volleyball
Thursday: Track and Field
Concussion Education for Parents and Student-Athletes
“A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a fall or a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth.” (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Even though most concussions are mild, all concussions are potentially serious and may result in complications including prolonged brain damage and death if the concussion is not recognized and managed properly.
Unlike typical sports injuries, you cannot see a concussion with x-ray, MRI, or CT scans. The only way to diagnose a concussion is through a combination of observing signs, reported symptoms by the athlete, and sometimes cognitive testing with a program such as ImPACT.
The signs and symptoms of a concussion may develop immediately following the injury or can take hours/days to fully appear. If your son or daughter reports any symptoms of a concussion or you notice any signs of concussion, seek medical attention.
Symptoms may include one or more of the following
- Head pressure
- Nausea or vomiting
- Balance problems or dizziness
- Blurred or double vision
- Sensitivity to noise, light, or heat
- “Don’t feel right”
- Fatigue or low energy
- Feeling sluggish or slowed down
- Feeling in fog or daze
- Nervous or anxious
- More emotional
- Trouble concentrating or focusing
- Change in sleep patterns
Signs may be observed by parents, teammates, and coaches
- Appears dazed
- Confused about assignments
- Forgets plays
- Moves clumsily
- Lack of coordination
- Answers questions slowly
- Shows behavior or personality changes
- Can’t recall events prior or after injury
- Seizures or convulsions
- Losses consciousness
- Slurred speech
- Unsure of game, score, opponent
The duration of symptoms is highly variable and may last from several minutes to days, weeks, months, or even longer in some cases. Research shows that recovery time may be longer for children and adolescents.
If you think your child has suffered a concussion
Any student-athlete suspected of suffering a concussion should be removed from the game or practice immediately and must be evaluated by a licensed health care provider. Athletes suspected of having a concussion will not be allowed to return to play until cleared by an appropriate licensed health care provider. According to state law and ACPS policy an appropriate licensed health care provider is defined as a physician, physician assistant, osteopath, athletic trainer, neuropsychologist, or a nurse practitioner.
Your child’s health and well-being is our main priority. Some signs or symptoms can indicate a significant head injury and may require your child to be evaluated in the emergency department immediately. Please take your child to the emergency department if they experience any of the following:
- Headaches that worsen, particularly if it becomes localized
- Neck pain
- Unusual behavior
- Very drowsy, unable stay awake
- Repeated vomiting
- Slurred speech
- Significant irritability
- Unable to recognize people or places
- Increasing confusion
- Weakness/numbness in arms or legs
- Less responsive than usual
Parents are not expected to diagnose and manage a concussion or provide clearance to return to sports participation. However, it is important for parents to be aware of the signs, symptoms, and behaviors associated with a concussion and to communicate any abnormal changes in your child’s condition with a health care provider.
No student-athlete may return to activity after a suspected or diagnosed concussion without written medical clearance from a licensed health care provider.
What can happen if my son or daughter keeps playing with a concussion or returns too soon?
Athletes that exhibit signs, symptoms, and/or behaviors consistent with a concussion should be removed from play immediately. Continuing to play with the signs and symptoms of a concussion leaves the athlete vulnerable to greater injury. There is an increased risk of significant damage if an athlete suffers a second concussion before the earlier concussion has completely healed. This can lead to a condition called “second-impact syndrome” that can result in prolonged recovery or even possible brain swelling with devastating and sometimes fatal consequences.
*It is well known that teenage athletes will often under report symptoms of injuries, including concussions. As a result, education for parents, coaches, administrators, and student-athletes is of great importance.
Some Strategies to limit the exacerbation of symptoms
- Allow the student-athlete to wake up without alarm clock, waking up naturally
- Avoid/limit texting, watching television, using computers, reading,
- Avoid activities that include loud noises and bright lights
- Recommend resting for short blocks of time if classroom activities that exacerbate symptoms
- Postpone tests or stressing projects
Management and Return to activity after a concussion
An athlete suffering from a concussion must be monitored by a health care provider.
A concussion assessment includes the gathering of concussion history, standardized tests, symptom checklists, neurocognitive testing, and balance assessments. Once an athlete is symptom-free with rest, activities of daily living (including school work), and has been cleared to begin physical activity by a licensed health care provider, the student-athlete will proceed with a step-wise gradual return to sports participation.
Light aerobic exercises: walking, stationary bike, swimming, etc. (no resistance training)
Sport-specific/moderate aerobic exercise: jogging, throwing, kicking, etc. (light resistance training ok)
Non-contact drills/high aerobic exercise: running, sprints, resistance training, etc.
Full contact practice: controlled practice situation without restrictions
Full contact game/event: full game/event participation
The treating licensed health care provider will direct and monitor the athlete during these return-to-play steps. In the event that the athlete’s symptoms return, the athlete will stop progression and will be re-evaluated by the licensed health care provider to determine when it is safe to continue.
All student-athletes must present a written medical clearance note from the appropriately licensed health care provider. This medical release shall certify that the provider is aware of the current concussion guidelines, the student-athlete no longer exhibits signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion at rest or exertion, and that the student athlete has successfully completed the progressive return to sports participation program.
For more information on concussions, you can visit www.cdc.gov/Concussions
ACPS concussion guidelines are based on the “Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport – The 4th International Conference on Concussion in Sport held in Zurich, November 2012.”
This information has been adapted from the CDC, American Academy of Pediatrics, and 4th International Conference on Concussion in Sport and is consistent with the ACPS Concussion Management Policy.