Purpose: The certified athletic trainer is a professional who works in conjunction with the team physicians, coaches, and parents to offer optimal health care for the student-athletes. Certified athletic trainers are trained to evaluate, treat, and rehabilitate a wide variety of sports injuries, as well as medical emergencies. We also work to ensure a safe practice, conditioning and game environment.
Philosophy: Our goal as the Sports Medicine Staff is to return the student-athlete to participation as quickly and safely as possible without risk of further (and possibly permanent) injury. I will do everything in my power to work with the student-athlete, parents, doctors and coaches to rehabilitate the athlete
Inhaler and Epipen Policy: If your child has been diagnosed with asthma or other respiratory illness requiring prescription use of an inhaler, AN INHALER MUST BE GIVEN DIRECTLY TO THE ATHELTIC TRAINER; athletes requiring an inhaler will not be allowed to participate without an inhaler. Athletes must see the School Nurse to complete Authorization for Medication AdministrationForm. Inhalers given to the athletic trainer will be placed in their team First Aid kit to be available to the athlete at practices and games. Inhalers & Epipens for Food allergies or bee sting allergies will be labeled with name and expiration date. We do not administer medication; athletes are responsible to determine that their medications are available. You may pick up any inhaler or epipen at the end of the season.
NO INHALER = NO PRACTICE!! (LCPS Policy)
If your child should suffer an injury:
The most immediate member of the Sports Medicine Staff will evaluate the injury. The
decision on whether or not an injured student-athlete may return goes in the following order:
Doctor – Certified Athletic Trainer – Coach
(Our team physician’s are Dr. Scott Nagell, M.D.; Dr. Tim Johnson, M.D.; & Marc Meadows, P.T, ATC, is our team physical therapist.)
If the student-athlete, while participating for SBHS, should suffer an injury, I should be notified as soon as possible in order to document and begin rehabilitation on the injury.
If your child goes to a Physician AT ANY TIME DURING THE SEASON,he/she MUST bring a note from the physician stating that the athlete “may return to participation” before the student-athlete will be allowed to practice/play. I must also be made aware of any medications the student-athlete is taking at all times to prevent any drug interactions should an emergency arise.
Care for basic sprains, strains, and general soreness:
R – rest I – ice C – compression E – elevation
- No heat for the first 48-72 hours (No topical analgesics for the first 24 hours).
- Once swelling has begun to decrease, heat may be used starting in increments of 5 minutes.
- Ice for 20-30 minutes, wait 1-2 hours, and then ice again
- If at any time the injury feels worse, USE ICE
5. We do not endorse any type of Supplements at any time
- Promote to your children to avoid Energy drinks and to avoid or limit the amount of caffeine they ingest.
- Side effects can include: Irregular Heartbeat, Dehydration, Poor Kidney function, and Unknown long term side effects.
6. Steroids are Illegal, Staff and Coaches can lose their jobs, athlete’s can be suspended for 2 years
Please feel free to contact me at anytime. Please keep this sheet readily available in your home. I look forward to working with all of the SBHS student-athletes and their families throughout the season.