Research-Based Injury Prevention
St. Andrew’s sports medicine staff utilizes the Functional Movement System as a major component of the School's injury prevention programs. Teams are screened before the season begins to assess each athlete’s movement quality. Athletes are then placed on a personalized program to improve movement efficiency and to eliminate overly tight or weak areas of the body (since such imbalances often lead to injury). When an athlete has reached an acceptable level of movement technique and quality, she works through a program that challenges her in areas of balance, stability, posture, and improves her performance in areas of strength, power, and speed.
St. Andrew's sports medicine staff develops customized workout programs for both teams and motivated individual athletes. Student-athletes train under the supervision of sports medicine staff, including a strength and conditioning specialist, in the performance studio and weight room in the Sipprelle Field House.
The ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) Test is a concussion-evaluation toolkit. Administered to each St. Andrew's student every two years, the ImPACT test allows sports medicine staff to maintain an accurate baseline evaluation of a student's standard brain function (such as verbal and visual memory, processing speed, and reaction time). In the event that the student suffers a head injury and concussion is suspected, sports medicine staff will re-administer the ImPACT test, and use the student's prior baseline test as a comparison point to evaluate concussion symptoms, manage improvement, and make return-to-play decisions. Students will take the test in the early fall of their III Form year, and then a second time in late spring of their IV Form year.
When injuries do occur, St. Andrew’s employs two certified athletic trainers who provide immediate first aid and emergency care to students. Most post-injury rehabilitation occurs on campus under the care of our athletic trainers, in our state-of-the-art Performance & Rehabilitation Center in the Sipprelle Field House.
Sports medicine staff will alos coordinate any necessary off-campus doctor's visits or follow-up appointments with the School's Health Services Center, with a goal of providing both top-quality care to students, and communication to parents.