Alpena Gymnastics is not responsible for any injury(or loss of property) to any person while practicing, training, taking class, competing, participating in open gym, special events, demonstrations or shows, or in any other way involved in gymnastics, cheerleading, or teams (the "activity") at Alpena Gymnastics for any reason whatsoever, including ordinary negligence on the part of Alpena Gymnastics, it's members, managers, agents, employees or staff.
I consent to my minor/child's ( hereafter "child") participation in the activity and acknowledge that I fully understand my child participation may involve risk of serious injury, illness, or death, including losses which may result not only from my child's own actions, inactions or negligence, but also from the actions, inactions, or negligence of others, the condition of the facilities, equipment, or areas where the activity is being conducted, and/or the rules of play of this type of activity I understand that if I have any risk concerns, I shall discuss them completely with the staff before I sign this agreement and before my child's participation in the activity begins.
Knowing and understanding the risks invloved with participation in the activity, I hereby voluntarily and willingly assume full and complete responsibility for all losses and damages, including injury, illness, and death, resulting from my child's participation in the activity, including transportation to and from the activity. I agree i am financially responsible for any losses and damages resulting from my childs' participation in the activity.
In consideration from my child's participation in the activity, I hereby waive all claims or causes of action , including ordinary negligence, against Alpena Gymnastics, it's managers and members, and any of their employees, coaches, teachers, or staff, arising out of my child's participation in the activity whereever whenever or however the same may occur.
I have read this form and fully understand that by signing this form, I am giving up legl rights and or remedies which may be available to me or my child for the ordinary negligence of Alpena Gymnastics or any person listed above.
I hereby and forever release, discharge, and agree not to sue, Elizabeth Storey or Alpena Gymnastics, including but not limited to it's coaches and staff, for any or all claims, causes of action or liability for any injury, loss or damage sustained or incurred in any way associated with my child's attendance at or participation in the Alpena Gymnastics program.
I grant consent for my minor's picture to be taken or filmed while participating in activities associated with Alpena Gymnastics, including but not limited to practice, competition, fundraisers and parades.
I hereby authorized Alpena Gymnastics permission to use my minor child's media, including but not limited to photographs, portraits, pictures, audio, film, video, etc.(hereafter "media"), in any of it's publications and social websites and/or apps, whether now or hereafter. Media may be used for things such as press releases, advertising, marketing, and/or website usage. I hereby waive my right to review, inspect edit or approve such use of my child's media and I release Alpena Gymnastics from any claims I may have against it for use of such media.
In the unfortunate event of an accident and/or emergency, I hereby authorize the transportation of my minor/child to a hospital or urgent care facility for medical treatment, and I hold all releasees harmless for any activities related to such transportation. I hereby specifically agree to be responsible for all medical expenses that my minor/child may incur while participating in programs and activities at or with Alpena Gymnastics.
What Is a Concussion?
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury-or TBI-caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth. This fast movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging the brain cells.
How Can I Help Keep My Children or Teens Safe?
Sports are a great way for children and teens to stay healthy and can help them do well in school. To help lower your children's or teens' chances of getting a concussion or other serious brain injury, you should:
• Help create a culture of safety for the team.
• Work with their coach to teach ways to lower the chances of getting a concussion.
Talk with your children or teens about concussion and ask if they have concerns about reporting a concussion. Talk with them about their concerns; emphasize the importance of reporting concussions and taking time to recover from one. Ensure that they follow their coach's rules for safety and the rules of the sport. Tell your children or teens that you expect them to
practice good sportsmanship at all times. When appropriate for the sport or activity, teach your
children or teens that they must wear a helmet to lower the chances of the most serious types of brain or head injury. However, there is no "concussion-proof" helmet. So, even
with a helmet, it is important for children and teens to avoid hits to the head.
How Can I Spot a Possible Concussion?
Children and teens who show or report one or more of the signs and symptoms listed below-or simply say they just "don't feel right" after a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body-may have a concussion or other serious brain injury.
Signs Observed by Parents or Coaches
Appears dazed or stunned.
Forgets an instruction, is confused about an assignment or position, or is unsure of the game, score, or opponent.
Answers questions slowly.
Loses consciousness (even briefly).
Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes.
Can't recall events prior to or after a hit or fall.
Symptoms Reported by Children and Teens
Headache or "pressure" in head.
Nausea or vomiting.
Balance problems or dizziness, or double or blurry vision.
Bothered by light or noise.
Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy.
Confusion, or concentration or memory problems.
Just not "feeling right," or "feeling down."
Talk with your children and teens about concussion. Tell them to report their concussion symptoms to you and their coach right away. Some children and teens think concussions aren't serious or worry that if they report a concussion they will lose their position on the team or look weak. Be sure to remind them that it's better to miss one game than the whole season.
Concussions affect each child and teen differently. While most children and teens with a concussion feel better within a couple of weeks, some will have symptoms for months or longer. Talk with your children's or teens' health care provider if their concussion symptoms do not go away or if they get worse after they return to their regular activities.
What Are Some More Serious Danger Signs to Look Out For?
In rare cases, a dangerous collection of blood (hematoma) may form on the brain after a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body and can squeeze the brain against the skull. Call 9-1-1 or take your child or teen to the emergency department right away if, after a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body, he or she has one or more of these danger signs:
• One pupil larger than the other.
• Drowsiness or inability to wake up.
• A headache that gets worse and does not go away.
• Slurred speech, weakness, numbness, or decreased coordination.
• Repeated vomiting or nausea, convulsions or seizures (shaking or twitching).
• Unusual behavior, increased confusion, restlessness, or agitation.
• Loss of consciousness (passed out/knocked out). Even a brief loss of consciousness should be taken seriously.
What Should I Do If My Child Or Teen Has a Possible Concussion?
As a parent, if you think your child or teen may have a concussion, you should:
1. Remove your child or teen from play.
2. Keep your child or teen out of play the day of the injury.
Your child or teen should be seen by a health care provider
and only return to play with permission from a health care
provider who is experienced in evaluating for concussion.
3. Ask your child's or teen's health care provider for written instructions on helping your child or teen return to school. You can give the instructions to your child's or teen's school nurse and teacher(s) and return-to-play instructions to the coach and/or athletic trainer.
Do not try to judge the severity of the injury yourself. Only a health care provider should assess a child or teen for a possible concussion. Concussion signs and symptoms often show up soon after the injury. But you may not know how serious the concussion is at first, and some symptoms may not show up for hours or days. The brain needs time to heal after a concussion. A child's or teen's return to school and sports should be a gradual process that is carefully managed and monitored by a health care provider.