Player’s Contract with the Team Poster

Player’s Contract with the Team Poster

Phil Hossler, M.S., A.T.C. and Chris Nowinski

Safety in team sports is a priority for coaches and athletic trainers. Wanting to stay in the game, student athletes may ignore early signs and symptoms of concussion, illness or injury. While players may observe changes or warning signs in teammates, they may not report this out of loyalty to teammates. The Player’s Contract with the Team Poster is a tool for coaches and athletic staff to make student athletes aware of guidelines for their safety and well-being as well as that of their teammates.

Produced as 14” x 20” posters, they are designed for posting in locker rooms, athletic offices, and team areas. Five guidelines for safe playing are listed with instructions for players to sign their names indicating their acceptance and commitment to safety.

Read an interview with Phil Hossler on concussion in school sports.

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This contract is a unique opportunity for certified athletic trainers and coaches to speak with their team(s) about several important issues prior to the season. It was created by Phil Hossler, ATC, member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame and Chris Nowinski former professional wrestler and now president of the Sports Legacy Institute.

Athletic teams are groups of individuals united toward a common goal. Caring for teammates, watching out to avoid needless injury and assisting each other are universally accepted ideals that this contract crystallizes for all team members.

At pre-season meetings with athletes, the items contained within the contract are explained and talked about with the team. After discussing these key points, the contact may be signed by team members that agree with the ideals presented.

The contract is hung in plain view in the locker room the entire season so that all team members may be constantly reminded of their commitment to safety, their teammates and to themselves.

The Player’s Contract is especially effective for educating and reinforcing the importance of recognizing and reporting any symptoms of concussion among teammates. The under-reporting of concussion among student athletes is well known and fueled by the desire to stay in the game. Because the initial cognitive impact of a concussion can be less visible than a physical injury such as a sprain or broken bone, players must be educated about the importance of immediate treatment for a possible concussion and the guidelines for safely returning to play.

Item PLAY - Set of 12
Pages Pack of 12 posters 14" x 21"
Year 2010


Phil Hossler, MS, ATC

He is the certified athletic trainer at East Brunswick High School in East Brunswick, New Jersey and has authored 3 texts for high school athletic trainers, parents and athletes. Most recent was a book written in 2006 specifically for the high school athlete and those in the “neighborhood” who would care for a concussed student-athlete titled, Getting A-Head of Concussion: Educating the student athlete’s neighborhood. He also wrote the “First Aid and Sports Safety Policies” chapter in the four editions of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance textbook, Principles of Safety in Physical Education and Sport. Mr. Hossler has had 30 articles published in various professional, coaching and teaching magazines. He has written for, been featured in or been interviewed for over 85 magazine, newspaper, radio and television outlets on topics related to high school athletic health. Phil Hossler is a member of four halls of fame, including the New Jersey Athletic Trainers’ Society, New Jersey Interscholastic Coaches Association, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. He co-authored the 1984 New Jersey state law for athletic trainers and was responsible for the landmark 1999 New Jersey endorsement from the New Jersey State Department of Education recognizing high school athletic trainers as educators.

Chris Nowinski

As President and CEO of the Sports Legacy Institute and Co-Director for the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University School of Medicine, Chris Nowinski is a national leader and spokesman for concussion awareness and safety in school sports. Author of Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis in 2006, he documents research linking multiple concussions with serious long-term neurological disorders like Alzheimer's disease, memory impairment, and depression. As an advocate and speaker, he is committed to addressing the startling lack of awareness, diagnosis, and treatment of these injuries among athletes of all ages.

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