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Mission Statement

The Bishop Ireton High School Sports Medicine program delivers quality professional healthcare to athletes of Bishop Ireton High School and their opponents. We are committed to the domains of Athletic Training as set forth by the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA). We will ensure that all student athletes are rendered equal, appropriate care regardless of their injury/ illness and any social issues that accompany it. Furthermore, we expect the Athletic Trainer(s) who will be providing these services to maintain the highest standards of quality consistent with the NATA Standards of Professional Practice and the credentialing statutes of the state of Virginia. We will remain committed to ongoing healthcare and updated medical techniques to better enhance the overall quality of the healthcare provided to Bishop Ireton student-athletes. The Bishop Ireton High School Sports Medicine program aspires to produce the best medical care that can be adequately and institutionally provided.

What is a Certified Athletic Trainer?

Certified Athletic Trainers, also known as ATCs, are medical professionals who specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses that occur in athletics and among the physically active. You've probably seen an ATC working with professional athletes on television, at local sporting events and in the high school athletic training room.

What does an ATC do?

As your child's athletic trainer, I ensure that s/he remains healthy and is able to participate in practices and games. My primary responsibilities are injury prevention, reduction of further injury by administering immediate care, development and implementation of rehabilitation programs and development of appropriate policies, including return-to-play.

I usually work behind the scenes, but you may also see me on the sidelines at games and practices. I'm often in the athletic training room, helping athletes rehabilitate following an injury. I can be found in my office, keeping records of medical histories and treatments, or you may see me in meetings with administrators developing policies such as an emergency action plan and guidelines for responses to heat illness, lightning and other environmental hazards.

What kind of training does an ATC have?

Athletic trainers are board certified by an independent organization. To become certified, an individual must possess a bachelor's or science degree from a college or university with an accredited athletic training program and pass the written and practical components of a certification exam. To maintain his/her credential, an ATC must complete 80 hours of continuing education every three years.

Athletic Pre-Participation Physicals

All Student-Athletes must have a completed athletic pre-participation physical turned into the athletic trainer's office prior to trying-out or conditioning with a team. A separate examination is required for each school year and is valid from MAY 1st of the current year through JUNE 30th of the succeeding year. Please be sure that all the information and signatures requested on the form are completed or they will be returned to you by mail and the student-athlete will not be permitted to participate. (
VHSL Physical Form).


2011 Concussion Information for Parents and Coaches

Effective July 1st, 2011, a new Virginia law, fully supported by the Arlington Diocese and Bishop Ireton, mandates that before any student athlete participates in any athletic activity that they and their parents review specific information about concussions, their symptoms and effects provided to them by the school (Parent's Guide to Concussions & Consent Form).  The parents and student athletes are then required to sign a statement acknowledging receipt, review and understanding of the material, and return that signed statement to school prior to any tryouts, practices or games.

Bishop Ireton has long been a leader in recognizing the seriousness of concussions and has for years implemented strict rules and guidelines regarding the participation by student athletes subsequent to a suspected concussion.  We require students to take a baseline neurocognitive exam every two years to assist us in evaluating when they can return to play should they suffer a concussion.  Additionally, all coaches are required to be trained annually regarding the symtoms of concussions and the methods they can employ to ensure the safety of our student athletes.  Bishop Ireton uses the Center for Disease Control's Concussion program for training coaches.  Coaches (and parents or athletes wishing to be better informed regarding concussions) can access the training modules online at http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/Training/HeadsUpConcussion.html.


Additional Links

The Sports Medicine Team

WCAC Care of the Injured Athlete/Patient

National Athletic Trainers' Association

American Medical Association Statement

Athletic Trainers: Unsung Heroes of High School Sports

Nirschl Orthopaedic Center for Sports Medicine and Joint Reconstruction


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