Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child employs a full-time certified Athletic Trainer, who is responsible for the overall health and wellness of student-athletes in both the middle school and upper school – focusing on not only the physical but mental well-being of Oak Knoll’s student-athletes. The athletic trainer attends home games and practices, along with traveling to certain tournament games as well. The athletic trainer has office hours during the school day where student-athletes can meet to discuss ailments, rehab injuries, talk about recovery plans and more.
Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who provide services in the recognition, prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic trainers practice under the direction of a physician and must meet the qualifications set by a state licensure and the Board of Certification, Inc. The athletic trainer, as well as all members of our coaching staff, are certified by the American Red Cross in CPR and AED.
2019 began the start of an annual speaker series focusing on current trends in athletics. These speaker series will focus on physical, mental and emotional topics in athletics and are open to the community to gather and learn from a panel of experts. The inaugural series was catered toward ACL Prevention and Recovery.
The athletic trainer works closely with the school nurse, physicians, and other medical professionals to provide the best possible care for our student athletes. Any student athlete who suffers and injury or condition requiring treatment or evaluation by a physician or other health care professional should request a note detailing diagnosis and any instructions or limitations. Any student-athlete who seeks medical treatment must obtain a doctor’s note clearing them for participation because they will be allowed to return to play.
A concussion is a brain injury that is caused by:
- A blow to the head or body
- Contact with another player
- Hitting a hard surface such as the ground or floor
- Being hit by a piece of equipment such as a bat, lacrosse stick, or field hockey ball
Each concussion presents itself differently for each athlete, with signs and symptoms that may take minutes or hours to develop. Concussion can occur during a practice or competition in any sport.
Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child uses the ImPACT test, which is a computerized concussion evaluation system. ImPACT baseline testing is required for all Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child student athletes.
Oak Knoll School of the Holy child has a partnership with Barnabas Health and the Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes (MJM). The MJM provides education, evaluation, and assessment of sports injuries. Our athletic trainer works closely with their patient care director to streamline the process when a doctor’s visit is warranted. Click here for more information about the Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes and their concussion protocols.
Proper nutrition is important for athletes because it provides a source of energy required to help your body perform at its most optimal level. Carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats provide the fuel needed to maintain energy. Carbohydrates are vital in preventing muscle fatigue, healthy fats provide an energy source for sustained activity, and protein helps to build muscle while also serving as an energy source for the body. Eating a well balanced diet will help the student-athlete perform to the best of their abilities while also fueling their bodies which will help prevent injuries.
The athletic trainer at Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child is Precision Nutrition certified and can answer any questions related to a healthy, well-balanced diet.