Sports Medicine

Nueva’s sports medicine program provides injury prevention measures as well as evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic-related injuries. Athletic training staff provide appropriate medical coverage for Upper School interscholastic athletic practices and home competitions. The safety and health of student-athletes is our number one priority and we are committed to returning student-athletes to competition as quickly and safely as possible. To that end, Nueva’s sports medicine program adheres to the guidelines and standards set forth by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), with concussion management based chiefly on CIF protocols.

Required Athletics Forms for Upper School Students

Physical Examinations

 Physical Examinations

The California Interscholastic Federation requires an annual Pre-Participation Physical Examination (PPE) by a health practitioner for all student-athletes before the student engages in a tryout, practice, or actual competition (CIF Bylaw 503 G). Physical evaluation form to be filled out by the student and parent and signed by your physician (must be a licensed medical doctor). PHYSICALS MUST BE DATED AFTER JUNE 1, 2019 TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE 2019-2020 ATHLETIC SEASON.

Physical Examination Form

Steroid Policy

CIF Steroid Policy

All student-athletes must complete the CIF Steroid Policy Statement form prior to the beginning of their sports season.  The form must be signed by a parent or approved caretaker, and by the student-athlete. The CIF Steroid Policy Statement is a requirement of CIF Bylaw 503.I.

Steroid Policy Form

Concussion Policy

CIF Concussion Policy 

All student-athletes must complete the CIF Concussion Policy form prior to the beginning of their sports season.  The form must be signed by a parent or approved caretaker, and by the student-athlete.  The CIF Concussion Policy Statement is a requirement of California state law AB 25 and CIF Bylaw 503 H. See Concussion Management below for more information.

Concussion Policy Form

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Policy

CIF Sudden Cardiac Arrest Policy

All student-athletes must complete the CIF SCA Policy Statement prior to the beginning of their sports season.  The form must be signed by a parent or approved caretaker, and by the student-athlete.  The CIF SCA Policy Statement is a requirement of the new CIF protocol to incorporate SCA prevention strategies into student-athletic sports programs (CIF Bylaw 503 J).

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Form

Opioid Fact Sheet

CIF Opioid Fact Sheet for Student Athletes

As of January 1, 2019, Senate Bill 1109 was passed requiring all student-athletes and their parent or guardian be informed of and sign a state-mandated sheet regarding opioids awareness.  Please see the attached factsheet.

For those of you with a student who will be participating in US Athletics, we ask you to login to your Nueva homepage and locate under the forms to be signed section "US Athletics - Mandatory Opioid Policy Statement".  Please digitally sign this document, agreeing that you and your child have read and understand the document.  We ask that all student athletes also complete this requirement.  Both student and parent or guardian need to complete the aforementioned.

CIF Opioid Fact Sheet


Where do I submit athletics forms?

Forms may be turned in to the Upper School Athletic Trainer via the front office, mail or email

Nueva Upper School
Attn: Mallory Celaya, Athletic Trainer
131 E 28th Ave.
San Mateo, CA 94010


Please contact Chris Wade, Interim Athletic Director, at

Due Dates

Boys' & Girls' Cross-Country, Girls' Volleyball
Due August 1, 2018

Girls' & Boys' Soccer, Girls' & Boys' Basketball
Due October 22, 2018

Boys' & Girls' Track & Field, Girls' Softball, Boys' Tennis, Co-ed Golf, Swimming
Due January 21, 2019

Concussion Management

A concussion is a direct force to the head or body that results in rapid acceleration and deceleration of the brain. A concussion can occur with or without loss of consciousness and may affect motor control, mental status, and neurocognitive functioning.

All Nueva student-athletes will complete baseline testing at the beginning of their sports season. The online Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) software will be used to complete this testing on a team or (as necessary) individual basis. The purpose of baseline testing is to have objective data demonstrating a student-athlete’s “normal” functioning that will act as a basis for comparison should he or she sustain a concussion during competition.

California State Law AB 25

Effective January 1, 2012, this law requires a student-athlete who may have a concussion during a practice or game to be removed from the activity for the remainder of the day. Any athlete removed for this reason must receive a written note from a medical doctor trained in the management of concussion before returning to practice.

Return to Play (RTP)

Concussion symptoms should be completely gone before returning to competition. An RTP after concussion should occur only with medical clearance from a medical doctor trained in the evaluation and management of concussions, and a step-wise progression program monitored by an athletic trainer, coach, or other identified school administrator. Please see for a graduated return-to-play plan. (AB 2127, a California state law that became effective 1/1/15, states that return to play [i.e., full competition] must be no sooner than 7 days after the concussion diagnosis has been made by a physician.)