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Athletic Training and Health

The Athletic Training Room is staffed on school days from 11 a.m. until all home practices/games are completed. Please contact the athletic training office with any questions or concerns.‚Äč


Students are encouraged to prepare properly for participation in the athletic program at all levels. 

• Our athletics trainers' primary objective is to establish an athletic healthcare program in which communication among athletes, parents, coaches, and attending physicians is clear and directed towards the best interests of the student.

• The athletic training room is a healthcare facility where athletes receive treatment, care, preventive assistance, and rehabilitation.

• The athletic trainers are responsible for providing services to the best of their ability in order to maintain the athlete's ability to compete at the highest level. The "Policies and Procedures Guideline for Athletic Medical Care" provides a protocol for the athletic trainers to perform those asks and functions that fall within the prevention, management, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries for Dexter Southfield students. Certified athletic trainers follow these procedures under the direction of Massachusetts regulations. A copy of these regulations is available in the Athletic Training Room.


Concussion Awareness

Concussions and other brain injuries can be serious and potentially life threatening. If managed properly, most athletes can enjoy long careers in sports after a concussion. Visit the Concussion Awareness section of the web to learn about symptoms, injury policies and procedures, the School's use of the ImPACT test, and return-to-play protocol. For questions or concerns at any time, contact the athletic trainer or school nurse.

Injury Procedures

It is the athlete's responsibility to report to the athletic trainer and coach all injuries, and illnesses as soon as possible. In the event of an emergency, the athletic trainer will treat the injured athlete and notify parents as soon as possible.

Parental Notification
When a student-athlete is injured, he/she will be evaluated by the athletic trainer. A parent or guardian shall be notified as soon as possible when:

1. The student’s injury requires further evaluation and care by his/her pediatrician or when an emergency room visit would be more appropriate.
2. The student’s injury requires further evaluation and care by a specialist recommended by the athletic trainer.
3. The student requires transportation by ambulance to an emergency room.
If the injury is not reported to the athletic trainer, and a physician is consulted, a note from the physician is required for return to participation. If your son/daughter has the need to see a physician due to an athletic injury, we are familiar with area physicians who treat athletic injuries and understand the high school athlete. We will also be happy to work with your family physician or refer you to an specialist.
Decisions regarding the availability of an athlete for practice or game competition require the cooperative efforts of the athlete, coach, athletic trainer, physician, parents, and athletic director. Decisions will be made based on sound medical judgment with the outcome being good athletic health care for the athlete. The following guidelines will be used to determine player status:
The team physician for Dexter Southfield will have the final say in reference to an injury and an athlete’s ability to return to activity. The ATC will have final say in the absence of the team physician. Any long-term rehabilitation will be sent to formal physical therapy for care. Other athletic therapy services for sports-related injuries will be provided on-site if feasible pending the ATC’s time constraints. Otherwise, athletes should plan on utilizing outside formal physical therapy services for care. A referral list of local PT providers is available in the athletic training office.

Helpful Links

Athletic Trainers and Team Physician

Athletic Trainers

Ryan Donovan 
Athletic Trainer
Endicott College - B.S.

Team Physician

Dr. William Meehan 
Director, Sports Concussion Clinic at Children's Hospital Boston


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