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Sports Medicine

Our sports medicine program is focused on the prevention, assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports-related injuries for all our Middle School, JV, and varsity student-athletes. As health-care professionals, our full-time, licensed, and nationally certified athletic trainer work directly with physicians and other specialists to optimize medical care. The athletic trainer is available during normal school hours and after school, and is present at all home events and practices.

PREVENTION

Our Sports Medicine team believes in the importance of providing quality and comprehensive medical care on-site. This allows us to better prevent and manage injuries, minimize the initial impact of injuries, and decrease the probability of re-injury. Our policies and procedures for injury prevention and management include:

  • Venue-specific emergency action plans
  • Automatic external defibrillators accessible to each venue
  • A concussion management/return to play protocol that includes ImPACT baseline testing
  • A heat acclimatization policy

In addition, each student-athlete is required every year to obtain a physical examination, preferably by their primary care physician, clearing them to participate in athletics. Each family is asked to update their personal and emergency contact information, health history, and provide the school with any special medical instructions through Magnus health.

EVALUATION AND ASSESSMENT

Our protocols dictate that our student-athletes and coaches report injuries as soon as they occur, allowing our athletic trainers to begin evaluating those injuries immediately. After an initial evaluation, trainers work to determine and communicate appropriate treatment, make decisions on playing status, and coordinate possible referrals to physicians or other medical specialists. Evaluations are specific to the injured area and include taking a thorough history of the injury, recording signs and symptoms, and performing specific tests and measures. In the case of a joint injury, these specific tests evaluate strength, range of motion, joint stability, and function. All evaluations are documented and a plan for treatment devised based on assessment results.

TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION

First aid kits, injury ice, and water are present at all practice and competition venues to allow for immediate and on-site care of student-athletes. Coaches and athletic trainers travel with pertinent medical information for all their athletes in case of emergencies.

Treatment and rehabilitation programs are individualized to specific injuries and specific student-athletes. These programs are carried out under the supervision of the athletic trainer. Athletic trainer monitors each athlete’s progress on a daily basis allowing each athlete to advance as able. Rehabilitation programs focus on obtaining full range of motion, strength, balance, kinesthetic awareness, and functional training specific to the athlete’s sport. The primary goals of all programs are to insure a safe return to play and to minimize the chance of re-injury. Athletes must meet the goals of their rehabilitation program, pass their functional testing and be cleared by the athletic trainer/physician before they return to play.

STAFF

Mikko Ablan, Head Athletic Trainer

Office: 919 782 3331 ext.325

Email: mablan@sdsw.org