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Mission Statement:

Woodside Priory’s Athletic Training/Sports Medicine team is committed to delivering the highest quality health care to all of its student athletes.  It is the goal of this department to provide the most efficient and effective treatments available to help prevent and manage athletic related injuries or illnesses for all student athletes. Treatment of injuries and illnesses will be based on sound medical and rehabilitative principles in conjunction with consideration of personal and team goals. We are committed to ongoing evaluation of our athletic training program so our student athletes can be assured of the highest quality in sports medicine care. Furthermore, we are committed to addressing problems and concerns in a timely manner so the needs of our athletes can continue to be met.  The Sports Medicine team utilizes guidelines set forth by the California Interscholastic Federation, National Federation of State High School Associations, as well as other medical associations including the American Medical Association and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.

The Sports Medicine team includes two certified athletic trainers (ATC), Woodside Priory School student athletic trainers, Strenghth and Conditioning Coach, a team physician, and a wide variety of medical specialists who are utilized on a referral basis.

About Korinn Myers:

This program is led by Korinn Myers, a graduate from San Jose State University with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Athletic Training. She has worked at the Priory full time since 2009, but has been assosiated with the school since 2005 when she interned as an assistant athletic trainer. Korinn has worked in multiple areas of sports medicine including physical therapy assistant, but enjoys working with the students at the Priory most of all. She is also the Sports Medicine teacher at the Priory.

Professional Certification:

-        Board of Certification, Athletic Trainer, Certified (ATC) 2007-Present

-        American Red Cross, CPR, AED, for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider 2010-Present

-        American Red Cross, CPR, AED, First Aid Lay Responder Instructor 2010-Present

Professional Involvement:

-        Member, National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) 2009-Present

-        Member, Far-West Athletic Trainers’ Association (FWATA) 2009-Present

-        Member, ATC for Secondary Schools in California 2009-Present

-        Member and a Chapter Monitor, National Honor Society of Sports Medicine for the high school student 2009-Present

FAQ’s

What is an Athletic Trainer?:

An athletic trainer specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of muscle and bone injuries and illnesses, and is educated in emergency care for catastrophic injuries such as spinal cord injuries, sudden cardiac arrest, heat illness and concussions. Working under the direction of a licensed physician (Dr. Sally Harris, MD at PAMF), and in cooperation with other healthcare providers, athletic trainers are recognized as allied health professionals by the American Medical Association (AMA) and must meet the qualifications set by a state regulatory board and/or the National Board of Certification, Inc. For more information visit nata.org

An Athletic Trainer is in no way a personal trainer. While both jobs have a high interest in the health and fitness level of an athlete, their jobs differ in many ways. Personal trainers focus on athletes reaching their personal fitness goals whereas Athletic Trainers take part in the medical-related side of fitness and health.

The Daily Duties of Our Athletic Trainer:

-        Injury Recognition and Evaluation

-        Injury Prevention

-        Injury Treatment

-        Acts as a liaison between athletes, coaches, parents, physicians, etc.

Daily Duties of a Strength and Conditioning Coach/Assistant Athletic Trainer

-         Design and implement functional workout programs for students

-         Educate students on proper lifting technique

-         Educate students about proper nutritional habits in relation to weight training goals

-         Assist Athletic Trainer with rehabilitation programs for injured student-athletes

-         Work side by side with coaches to design programs with sport specific goals

-          Design and implement injury prevention programs for student-athletes

-          Monitor weight room

-          Assist Athletic Trainer with athletic training duties for practices and games


Contact Information:

Korinn Myers, ATC

Head Athletic Trainer

Office Phone: (650) 851-6172

Cell Phone: (650)669-9100

Fax: (650) 851-2839

Email: kmyers@prioryca.org

 

Sofia Proano

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Assistant Athletic Trainer

Email: sproano@prioryca.org

 

Team Physician

Dr. Sally Harris, M.D., MPH

(Contact Korinn Myers)


Injury Guidelines

At Home Injury Care

In this section there is information to aid student-athletes as well as parents in at home care for an injury. However,this should not replace the need to see a health care professional if needed.

Strains vs. Sprains

A strain occurs when a tendon or muscle is overstretched or torn. A sprain occurs when a ligament, connective tissue that attaches bone to bone, is overstretched or torn.

An athlete will strain their hamstring muscle, but they will sprain their ankle.

What to do if you suspect if you have sustained a sprain or strain:

               First, either talk to Korinn Myers, ATC or consult a physician.

               Rest: Refrain from activity and rest at home while healing. Use crutches or sling if directed to by ATC or physician

               Ice: Apply ice to the injured area for 15-20 minutes with an hour rest inbetween (try to ice three times in a day). This will help minimize swelling and reduce

                        pain!

               Compression: If your ATC gave you an ace bandage wrap wear it! Wear it all the time, except for when you are in the shower.

               Elevation: Elevate the injured area, this will also minimize the swelling.

               Don’t Forget: Follow all the directions your ATC gives you. Come to the training room when told to, and call if you have any questions.

Concussions:

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a violent shaking of the brain that can cause immediate or gradual impairment of neurological function. Symptoms may include; headache, dizziness, nausea, memory loss, balance problems, loss of conscience etc.

What to do if you suspect you have a concussion

If you believe you may have a concussion tell your parents and contact your ATC or physician immediately.

Concussions are serious!

It is pertinent that athletes, coaches, and parents take concussions seriously because they may result in long-term damage. If an athlete does not recognize that they have a concussion, and their brain does not heal properly, they are at risk for “second impact syndrome” which can ultimately be fatal. It is very important that all athletes who may experience symptoms of concussions after a head injury seek medical attention immediately.

 

Information for Parents:

“Head Care Guidelines”

If your son/daughter experience a head injury these guidelines may be helpful along with the guidelines give to you by the physician or ATC.

-        The injured athlete should not be left alone for the first 24 hours after the injury occurs.

-        Have the athlete avoid anything that requires a lot of concentration (studying, computer work, watching T.V, or playing video games) for the first 24-48 hours

-        If any of the following occur emergency room evaluation is needed:

Signs: things that the parent or guardian can observe

Blood or watery fluids from the ears or nose

Dilated or unequal pupils

Weakness or clumsiness in their extremities

Slurred speech

Asymmetry in the face

Increased swelling along the scalp

Change in consciousness (i.e. hard to awaken)

Symptoms: what the athlete feels

Inability to concentrate or understand directions

Double or blurred vision

Severe headache or headache that worsens within a short amount of time

Vomiting

Loss of memory

Labored or irregular breathing

Difficulty with speech


 

Warning:

   Please realize that the above are only guidelines to assist you. If a sign or symptom develops that is new and is not mentioned above, err on the side of safety and have the athlete evaluated immediately by a physician.

 


Other sports medicine links:

Ms. Myers can be contacted at kmyers@prioryca.org or (650) 851-6172