The Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (“Committee”) is a standing committee established by the Board of Directors (“Board”) of the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (“DIAA”) pursuant to 14 Del. C. § 304(2). Created at 14 Del. C. ch. 3, DIAA preserves and promotes the educational significance of interscholastic athletics; ensures that interscholastic sports remains compatible with the educational mission of the member schools; provides for fair competition between member schools; promotes sportsmanship and ethical behavior; establishes and enforces standards of conduct for athletes, coaches, administrators, officials, and spectators; protects the physical well-being of athletes; and promotes healthy adolescent lifestyles.

The Committee is charged with making recommendations to the Board for developing and amending, as necessary, regulations in the following subject areas:

  • recognition and management of student athletes exhibiting signs or symptoms consistent with a concussion;
  • awareness, recognition, and management of sudden cardiac arrest in student athletes; and
  • protections for the physical well-being of athletes.

The Board’s Chairperson shall appoint an individual to serve as the Committee’s Chairperson who shall serve for an indefinite period of time. However, the Board’s Chairperson, with the advice and consent of DIAA’s Executive Director, may remove the Committee’s Chairperson.

The Committee’s Chairperson, with the advice and consent of DIAA’s Executive Director, shall appoint individuals to serve on the Committee. Committee members shall be geographically representative and may include administrators, athletic directors, coaches, local school board members, officials, and members of the public. Individuals appointed to serve on the Committee shall serve for an indefinite period of time. However, the Committee’s Chairperson, with the advice and consent of DIAA’s Executive Director, may remove individuals from the Committee.

The Committee shall conduct itself in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, the Administrative Procedures Act, and the Department of Education’s rules and regulations.

Approved by the Board of Directors on 09/14/2017.

Committee Members

First Name Last Name Conference Affiliation Title Committee Position County Term Expires BOD Approved
Dr. Jeremie Axe Medical Professional Physician, Sports Ortho Member KC 2021
Dr. Michael Axe Medical Professional Physician, AOSSM/Sports Ortho Chair NC 2021
Tom Beddow Non-Conference St. Elizabeth HS Athletic Trainer, Coaches Association Rep. Member NC 2022 19-May
Dr. Bradley Bley Medical Professional Physician/DIAA Board Member Member NC 2022 19-May
Barbara Cilento Henlopen Cape Henlopen HS Nurse Member SC 2021
Todd Fuhrman Henlopen Indian River HS Athletic Director, Athletic Trainer Member SC 2020
Lori Hoffman Medical Professional Nurse Member NC 2022 19-May
Dr. Patrick Kane Medical Professional Physician, Sports Ortho Member SC 2021
Julie Knowles Medical Professional Physical Therapist/Athletic Trainer Vice Chair SC 2020
JT Laws Medical Professional Physical Therapist Member KC 2021
Mandy Minutola Medical Professional Athletic Trainer, DATA Rep. Member KC 2020
Dr. Lynn Snyder Mackler Medical Professional Physical Therapy/Athletic Trainer Member 2022 19-May
Dr. Joseph Straight Medical Professional Physician, Primary Care Member 2020
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