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 a certified athletic trainer (ATC), Woodside Priory School student athletic trainers, a team physician, and a wide variety of medical specialists who are utilized on a referral basis.
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.
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.
“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.
-The injured athlete should be woken up ever 2 hours to indicate awareness, alertness, and consciousness.
-If any of the following occur emergency room evaluation is needed:
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.
This program is led by Andrew Hasson, a graduate of San Jose State University with a bachelor’s of science in Athletic Training. Andrew has worked with a variety of sports at various levels of competition including high school, college and the professional level.
-Board of Certification, Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) 2015 – Present
-American Heart Association, Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers 2010 – Present
-Member, National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA) 2013 – Present
-Member, Far-West Athletic Trainer’s Association (FWATA) 2013 – Present