Setting High Standards for Student-Athlete Safety
Pine Crest Athletics considers the safety and well-being of our student-athletes to be our utmost priority. As Middle and Upper School sports increase in difficulty and competition, so does the risk of injury. We go to great lengths to implement recent, research-based training techniques using the safest equipment available on well-maintained fields, courts, and pools.
Our Head Athletic Trainer, Garrick Edwards, and his team are responsible for covering multiple sports, ages, and skill levels. Garrick, a nationally-recognized expert in the field of interscholastic athletic training, has raised the level of education and consciousness of student-athlete injury prevention and treatment at Pine Crest. Pine Crest School received the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) 1st Team Safe Sports School Award recently. This national award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that provide safe environments for student athletes.
At least one trainer is present at all practices and games, watching the student-athletes and working alongside coaches to identify and triage any injuries. Should an injury of any type occur, student-athletes and parents are advised by a trainer to seek medical attention, and trainers work with the family's doctors on a treatment plan for return to play.
Head injuries receive an even higher level of attention, with all involved following a strict concussion protocol. If a suspected head injury occurs, Athletics works closely with parents, teachers, and medical professionals on a full recovery plan to ensure that the student-athlete is fully healed before returning to play.
Prevention is key. Trainers work with student-athletes on therapies and with coaches on practice plans throughout the year to better ensure that injuries do not take place and that the student-athlete is positioned to enjoy staying active well beyond their time playing for Pine Crest.