The Hotchkiss School Athletic Training Department is dedicated to protecting and enhancing the health and welfare of the student-athletes of the Hotchkiss School by providing the best possible healthcare. This will be accomplished through the six domains of athletic training as established by the National Athletic Trainer’s Association. These include:
- Injury Prevention
- Recognition and Evaluation of Injuries
- Management and Treatment of Injuries
- Injury Rehabilitation
- Organization and Administration
- Education and Counseling
Patricia B. Kelly, ATC, LAT, EMT-B
Head Athletic Trainer
Bernard J. Doyle, ATC, LAT
Associate Athletic Trainer
The Hotchkiss School employs two full-time athletic trainers. Both are certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association, the governing body for athletic trainers.
What is an Athletic Trainer?
Athletic trainers are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations and disabilities. To become certified, athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training program at a college or university. The curriculum includes instruction and clinical experiences in the areas of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic methods, and nutrition. Athletic training is not the same as personal training.
The athletic training room is a spacious, modern facility. It includes a treatment area, hydrotherapy area, a space for rehabilitation exercises, and an office.
As part of our concussion management program, all new students will be given a baseline ImPACT Test during the first few weeks of school. ImPACT is a user-friendly computer based testing program specifically designed for the management of sports-related concussion. The instrument has been designed after approximately 10-years of University-based, grant-supported research. ImPACT is currently the most widely utilized computerized program in the world and is implemented effectively across high school, collegiate, and professional levels of sport participation. (Taken from ImPACT Test website see www.impacttest.com for more information)
Information and frequently asked questions about MRSA can be found at the Center for Disease Controls website.